Cops Seize PhP 1 billion Worth of Shabu in Cagayan


Philippine National Police (PNP) dug up black bags and boxes containing 180 kilograms of suspected shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) worth close to PhP 1 billion in an abandoned farm in Claveria town in Cagayan province over the weekend. PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency) Chief Undersecretary Isidro LapeƱa and PNP (Philippine National Police) Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa presented to media all 180 packs each containing 1 kilogram of shabu at Camp Crame in Quezon City.


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The drugs recovered in the farm owned by a certain Rene Dimaya located at Barangay Culao was intended to be transported to Binondo Chinatown in Manila, Dela Rosa said. Acting on a tip from a civilian, joint operatives of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group, Special Action Force, Bureau of Customs and PDEA raided Dimaya’s farm. The shabu packs were placed in seven black bags with markings “Leah D” stuffed inside a blue ice box. Dela Rosa also said that the suspects might have buried the box in the farm out of fear. “Natakot sila. Supposed to be from the sea, mag-approach sa lupa, sasakay sa fishing boat tapos dedeliver agad sa Binondo. May consignee doon na Intsik din eh. Natakot sila, nilibing sa lupa,” he added. The operation, however, yielded zero arrests. Asked about the source of the contraband, Dela Rosa said the shabu packs may have come from China or Taiwan. “The northern part of the country is the closest point going to China and Taiwan. I’m sure the source is overseas either China or Taiwan, sinasalubong ng fishermen, nilalagay sa maliit na bangka tapos dadalhin sa mainland Philippines,” he said. Dela Rosa said the PNP is still in the process of identifying the syndicate and drug personalities behind the shipment. But he said, police will investigate Dimaya. “As to who the persons behind this shipment are, zero pa tayo. Wala pa. Pero ‘yung may-ari ng lupa, ang first impression, talagang sasabihin natin he has constructive positon dito kasi sa lupa niya nakuha,” he said. Once they identify the drug personalities involved, the tough-talking official said he will list them as among the high-value targets of the police “so they would die.” “Idadagdag natin ’yan sa listahan. Ililista para mamatay ’yang gago na ’yan,” Dela Rosa said.


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