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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Chocolate box used to hide $140K

A 59-year-old Filipino woman was arrested for attempting to smuggle into the country P5.7 million worth of dollars hidden in a box of chocolates.

Nabbed was Carolina Gozon of Bataan province. Gozon arrived from Seoul, Korea, on board an Asiana Airlines flight OZ 701 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1.

Customs Collector Tess Roque said the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the customs police have been monitoring Gozon for several weeks now.

Based on PDEA’s intelligence report, Gozon was supposed to attempt to smuggle high-grade cocaine from Korea.

The PDEA's inspection team, including a drug-sniffing dog, failed to find drugs from Gozon's belongings.

However, further inspection of Gozon's personals led to the discovery of $140,000 cash, which were hidden inside a box of imported chocolates.

Gozon admitted that the money belongs to her son, Joselito Gozon, a businessman in Korea. She claimed that the money was intended to pay off the family's debts and for a parcel of land in Bataan.

Authorities confiscated the undeclared money from Gozon for violating a regulation of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

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