MANILA, Philippines – More than P500 million worth of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (locally known as shabu) was intercepted by authorities at a checkpoint in Gandara town in Samar on Thursday.
Operatives from the Philippines National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized the illegal drugs which were contained in 44 plastic packs, weighing more than 88 kilograms.
Authorities said the contraband was intercepted from two vehicles that were stopped at a checkpoint at Barangay Buñagan.
“During the checkpoint, mayroong nakalagay sa trunk, may nakalagay sa back seat… Medyo suspicious ‘yung action nung may bag sa likuran,” Eastern Visaysa Police Director Brigadier General Dionardo Carlos said.
The operation yielded the arrest of five suspects, including a pregnant woman, and the rescue of one minor.
Suspects presented to the media claimed they do not know each other, adding that they were just given instructions through a cellphone call to drive the vehicles and leave it when they reached the specified destination.
They were allegedly promised to receive P20,000 each after the transaction but they claimed to have not known about the identity of their client.
Drug-related charges are being readied against the suspects. — RRD (with details from Correspondent Jennelyn Gaquit-Valles)
MANILA, Philippines – Authorities on Sunday arrested a man who abandoned his luggage filled with P35 million worth of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) at the Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) said the owner of the luggage – a Filipino national who boarded an early morning flight from Hanoi, Vietnam on Sept. 28 – fled the airport and abandoned his brown trolley bag and a backpack when subjected to physical inspection.
Upon closer examination, the luggage yielded white crystalline shabu weighing more or less 5.16 kilograms, the BOC said.
The BOC-NAIA, with the help of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), arrested the suspect in Tarlac City around 4 p.m. of the same day.
The suspect will be charged with violations of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act and the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde confirmed on Monday (September 23) that the seven ‘ninja cops’ mentioned by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) are already under the PNP watch list.
PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino previously reported that these seven ninja cops are still in active service and are allegedly recycling recovered or confiscated illegal drugs.
According to Albayalde, these seven cops are among the 87 ninja cops who are allegedly involved in illegal drugs.
“All of these policemen are under strict monitoring. Mayroon kaming IMEG dito (We have IMEG here). That’s the very reason kung bakit tayo nagtayo ng (why we have)Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group — to monitor these people,” he said.
Meanwhile, the PNP chief also responded to rumors about his involvement in the recycling of illegal drugs.
“Let us not make a mistake, not just for the perception of one person. Kung uso ang recycling sa droga, uso din iyong recycling ng perception (if recycling of drugs is still happening, so is recycling of perception),” Albayalde said.
Albayalde was pertaining to the action of Senator Richard Gordon at a Senate press conference, where he motioned with four fingers when asked about the rank of police officials involved in the recycling of illegal drugs. —AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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