For this woman nabbed at NAIA, life is a box of chocolates-- where she hid P6.35 million
Carolina Gozon, 59, was caught attempting to smuggle into the country $140,000 or more than P6.35 million hidden in a box of imported chocolates, reports ABS-CBNNews.com and BomboRadyo.com. Gozon arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 from Seoul, South Korea, last night, August 11.
Prior to her arrest, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the customs police had been monitoring her for suspected cocaine smuggling, Customs Collector Tess Roque told ABS-CBNNews.com. According to the PDEA’s intelligence report, the PDEA inspection team found the undeclared money in her belongings instead of the high-grade cocaine from Korea they were expecting. Gozon said the cash was from her son Joselito, a businessman in Korea. She explained that it would be used to pay off debts and for a parcel of land in Bataan, where she is from.
It is a regulation of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas that local or foreign currency worth more than P10,000 must be declared when arriving in or leaving the Philippines, reports BomboRadyo.com.