A Filipina domestic worker who faced a charge of drug trafficking was released on Thursday at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court due to insufficient evidence.
Calin Baybayan was arrested in late November when she received a parcel carrying what police suspected was illegal drugs and which was sent to her by a foreign man she met on social media, sunwebhk.com reported.
The parcel, brought by an undercover officer posing as a DHL delivery man, turned out to be a shipment of ketamine. Local media reports at the time said the parcel also contained 1,920 ecstasy tablets sent by a man in Belgium.
A hearing was scheduled for Baybayan on Thursday, but magistrate Ada Yim was informed by the prosecutor that due to insufficient evidence, the charge of “trafficking in a dangerous drug” against her was withdrawn.
She was fetched by her employer from the courthouse later in the day after processing her release papers, an officer of the Philippine consulate said.