Canadian drug suspects arrested in Philippines

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Associated Press

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 1:34 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 16 at 2:02 AM

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Four Canadians have been arrested in the Philippines for allegedly trafficking illegal drugs from Mexico, a government investigator said Thursday.

Rommell Vallejo, chief of the Anti-Organized and Transnational Crime Division of the National Bureau of Investigation, said the suspects have alleged links to a Mexican cartel and are undercutting Chinese traffickers who dominate the local market and this could trigger a drug war.

The suspects were arrested Wednesday in separate raids on three posh condominiums in Manila, Vallejo said.

He said agents seized enough cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA, which is similar to Ecstasy, from one of the condominiums to fill at least three suitcases.

The wife of one of the suspects is also in custody.

Vallejo said they face possible life imprisonment if convicted.

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