Three Filipino women have been sentenced at the High Court in Hong Kong to between 21 and 24 years in jail for bringing four kilograms of cocaine into Hong Kong.
On September 23, 2015, Shirley Chua, Remelyn Roque, Ana Louella Creus and Maricel Thomas met with Nora Noora at Roque’s house in Cavite in the Philippines. Noora booked their plane tickets and gave them four bags, which they were instructed to take to Chungking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui, sunwebhk.com reported.
The four women arrived in Hong Kong two days later. Roque and Creus were able to get through customs but Chua and Thomas were arrested after customs officers discovered about two kilograms of cocaine in their luggage.
On September 27, 2015, Roque and Creus were barred from boarding their flight back to Manila when customs officers arrested them after delivering two suitcases believed to contain one kilogram of cocaine each to a consignee at Chungking Mansions.
On November 14 at the High Court, Thomas was acquitted of all charges while Chua was acquitted of conspiracy to traffic illegal drugs into Hong Kong. On August 20, the court sentenced Chua, Roque and Creus to jail.
Chua was convicted for trafficking in a dangerous drug and was handed a jail term of 20 years and 11 months. Roque and Creus were found guilty of conspiring to traffic in a dangerous drug. Roque was given a jail term of 22 years and 11 months, while Creus was handed a longer jail term of 24 years for handing over the two suitcases containing cocaine to two men in Chungking Mansion.