MANILA - Around 756 kilos of suspected shabu with an estimated worth of P5.1 billion were seized by operatives of the Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG) in Marilao, Bulacan on Thursday afternoon.
Authorities discovered the suspected contraband concealed in 63 biscuit cans after a test-buy operation.
Three drug suspects, Chinese national Yuwen Cai and Filipinos identified as Angela Miole Tulio and Ma. Lyn Miole Tulio were arrested.
PNP chief Police General Archie Gamboa said they have been monitoring a drug syndicate that led them to the safehouse in Bulacan which served as the group’s warehouse.
"May mga identified personalities kami based on the revelations of those who were arrested before. We made a follow up doon sa personalities na involved doon kaya nakapag-surveillance kami dito," Gamboa explained.
Gamboa said they believe the suspected shabu came from overseas and could have been distributed already as far as Visayas and Mindanao.
"Importation ito, wala namang existing na malalaking shabu lab dito sa Pilipinas. Dito ang unang bagsakan then from here i-distribute ito per kilo, merong ibang mga lata dito na bakante na. Malakihan ang disposal nito, kilo-kilo," Gamboa said.
"This can reach anywhere in the country. Mindanao and Visayas are always saying that their shabu supply always comes from Manila," he added.
Police said the warehouse was rented for four months, which meant that the contraband were already inside even before the lockdown last March.
Authorities said investigation is still ongoing to search for other drug suspects, their possible drug source and information on where the suspected shabu was distributed.