Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 21 December 2010
A Filipina who came to Malaysia for a holiday has been arrested for drug trafficking. Aida Dizon Garcia, 51, who claims to be a lecturer in the Philippines was caught for allegedly trafficking 12.5kg of cannabis near Seremban town, south of the capital Kuala Lumpur.
She was onboard an express bus heading south when she was detained by a narcotics team. When brought before a judge, Garcia pleaded not guilty to the charge. If found guilty, Garcia faces the death penalty as drug trafficking is punishable by death in Malaysia.
The case is pending confirmation by the Chemistry Department as to the exact amount of drugs seized from Garcia, and will be re-mentioned on 19 January 2011.
In another drug case, the daughter of a leading British nuclear physicist also faces the death penalty after police found £16,000 of cannabis, amphetamine, ecstasy and heroin during a raid on a holiday resort she runs with her Malaysian husband.
Shivaun Orton, 41, admitted five cannabis plants found in her bedroom were hers and for personal consumption only, but denied possession of the heroin. Her husband, Abdul Harris Fadilah, who was also arrested confessed that the 225 grams of heroin seized by police was his.
Writer's Comment: Possession of more than 15 grams of heroin carries the death penalty, so anyone planning to consume or deal in drugs while holidaying in Malaysia, better beware. It may be your last vacation.