‘Ice’ found in luggage of HK passenger


Inspectors intercepted methamphetamine or “ice” hidden inside an orange tube-like container in the luggage of a Hong Kong passenger at the Francisco C. Ada-Saipan International Airport early yesterday morning.

Nairu Li, 45, male, was arrested for unlawful importation of a controlled substance.

The amount of seized “ice” was not specified in court documents.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration filed late afternoon yesterday a complaint against Li before the U.S. District Court for the NMI.

According to DEA Task Force Officer Raymond M. Renguul, a Customs inspector was conducting a routine inspection yesterday at 1am on Li, who had arrived on a Hong Kong Airlines flight from Hong Kong.

Renguul said the inspector asked Li if he had any cigarettes and that Li responded by removing a pack of Chinese brand cigarettes from the front pocket of his jacket.

The inspector became suspicious after noticing that Li was visibly shaking as he was removing the cigarette pack.

When the inspector opened Li’s luggage, he saw a smaller bag that contained a box. The box contained a small roll of tin foil and a long plastic tube.

He asked Li what the items were for, but the passenger did not respond.

The inspector then requested assistance from another Customs inspector. One inspector then emptied out the smaller bag, where he observed an orange tube-like container.

Renguul stated in his report that at the bottom of the tube was crystal-like substance that later tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.

Renguul and three Customs inspectors then escorted Li to Corrections for his detention.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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