Around P360 million worth of illegal drugs were seized in a warehouse in Martinville Subdivision, Las Pinas City on Tuesday night, police said
The search operation led by the Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG) yielded 72 packs of suspected shabu weighing one kilo each.
Joint operatives of the PNP-DEG and PDEA Region 3 had their K-9 units sweep the area and found the suspected shabu packs concealed inside four styrofoam boxes filled with dried fish.
PNP-DEG said this is the third in a series of operations against the Lee Drug Syndicate.
The first operation was conducted last June 4 in a hotel parking in Aseana, Paranaque, where Taiwanese national Chen Te Ho Chang was arrested carrying 50 packs of shabu.
The second operation was done last June 7 in Moonwalk, Paranaque where authorities recovered P15M worth of shabu.
Senior Supt. Graciano Mijares, director of the PNP-DEG, said there was an intelligence build up based on casings and surveillance of PDEG, PDEA and Southern Police District.
"After the arrest of Chen Te Ho Chang, actually, itinago pa niya ito eh but noong later part, he also mentioned this one as their main warehouse where they keep their illegal drugs," Mijares said.
Mijares added that the suspects thought the packed shabu would not draw attention, especially with their very capable K-9 units.
"That is for the purpose ng concealment cover nila. They were thinking na hindi maaamoy ng aso yan, but our K-9 are still capable of detecting these illegal drugs," he aid.
The raiding team also found steel machines with secret compartments in the area, which they said were probably used to conceal and bring the illegal drugs inside the country.
PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa said the illegal drugs were shipped from other countries and the syndicates found a way to discreetly bring them in.
The police believes illegal drugs were shipped via Zamboanga.
"Shipment ito ng allegedly machineries na hindi natin alam kung ano ang purpose pero yun pala e may palaman pala na shabu so dapat encourage natin yung BOC na striktuhan talaga yung inspections nung mga lahat ng pumapasok dito sa bansa," Dela Rosa said.
The PNP Chief added that there are fewer shabu laboratories operating in the Philippines and that if there were drugs recovered, those would have been brought inside the country from overseas.
"If you have observed, pawala nang pawala, wala na tayong natatanggap na information about the presence of shabu laboratory anywhere in the Philippines. Kung meron man...siguro very limited na lang yung hindi pa natin nadiskubrehan," he said.
"So 'yun na lang ating pakiusapan, since ito ang mode of transportation is most likely dumaan ito sa proper pantalan. Sana mainspection ng husto ng todo para hindi na ito magkalat at hindi madistribute sa ibang parte ng Pilipinas."