An estimated P500 million worth of suspected shabu was seized in a joint operation by the Philippine National Police-Drug Enforcement Group and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Bulacan province Sunday afternoon.
The buy-bust operation allegedly ended in an encounter inside a warehouse in Barangay Santol in Balagtas town, Bulacan, where the target suspect, a Chinese national, was killed.
74 kilos of suspected shabu were confiscated from the suspect in addition to one kilogram of suspected shabu sold to the poseur buyer.
They are packed in green tea bags.
Authorities also recovered cellphones, identification cards, a 1-thousand peso bill with boodle money, and a Colt 45 pistol with ammunition.
According to the PNP-DEG, the suspect was a well-known importer and distributor of illegal drugs in the National Capital Region, Region 3, and other neighboring regions.
Meanwhile, two men were arrested in a drug buy-bust operation by the Panabo City Police Station and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Davao del Norte Sunday afternoon in Purok Tambis, Barangay Cagangohan, Panabo City.
Those arrested were alias Poloy, 40 years old, and alias Rannie, 35 years old.
Over P500-M worth of shabu in tea bags seized in Bulacan
Recovered from the two were 12 pieces of a package of suspected shabu.
According to police, the drugs weighed half a kilo and cost P8 million.
Cases of violation of Section 5 and Section 11 of Republic Act 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against the suspects.
Shabu remains the No. 1 problem in the Philippines, so the Philippine National Police (PNP) is intensifying its relationship with foreign drug enforcement agencies to curb the sale and entry of illegal drugs, particularly shabu or methamphetamine hydrochloride.
“Patuloy ang ating koordinasyon sa mga drug enforcement agencies sa ibang bansa, katuwang ang PDEA [the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency] at Bureau of Customs, para mapalakas pa ang ating border controls kontra sa pagpasok ng illegal drugs sa bansa,” said PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar.
According to Eleazar, he has also alerted all police units, including the Maritime Group, to double their vigilance and take security measures against the entry of illegal drugs into the shores.