Chinese busted with P2.5B worth of shabu

By November 28, 2019Property News

AT LEAST P2.5 billion worth of the illegal drug locally known as shabu (methamphetamine) were seized from a Chinese national in Makati City on Tuesday night, the biggest haul of prohibited narcotics so far this year, the police reported. Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa, Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge, said around 371 kilos of shabu were recovered from suspect Liu Chao in the buy-bust operation in an apartment in Banuyo Street. A kilo of shabu has an estimated street value of P6.8 million, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). Mr. Liu is facing charges for violating Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. The drugs were concealed in food packaging and suspected to have been brought in using several luggages. Mr. Gamboa said the suspect has been staying at the apartment for about two weeks and been distributing about six to seven kilos of shabu to every buyer. The police are investigating how the drugs were smuggled into the country. They are also tracking other people who might be involved in the smuggling. What is certain, according to Mr. Gamboa, is that the drugs came from another country. Makati Mayor Abigail Binay-Campos lauded the PNP’s operation as she warned drug traders on the city’s “zero tolerance policy against all forms of illegal drugs and substances.” She also called on the local police and residents to remain watchful of illegal drug trading activities. — Philstar/Emmanuel Tupas
The post Chinese busted with P2.5B worth of shabu appeared first on BusinessWorld.