QC drug bust: P272-M worth of suspected shabu seized, Chinese suspect nabbed

Jasmin Romero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 03 2022 02:41 PM | Updated as of Jul 03 2022 06:00 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) — Authorities seized Sunday around P272 million worth of suspected "shabu" (crystal meth) from a Chinese national in a buy-bust operation in Quezon City.

The Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) teamed up for the operation conducted in Barangay Lourdes in Banawe area.

The operation led to the arrest of a Chinese national identified as alias "Jia," 33. Another suspect is subject of a separate operation, according to PDEA chief Wilkins Villanueva.

"Matagal na itong sinusubaybayan, ang grupong ito. Akala nila, 'di siya nakikita," said Villanueva.

(This group has been monitored for some time already. They thought they weren't being checked.)

“One of the bodegahan dito sa NCR, eventually, nakuha rin. Kaya for the past few weeks, yung mga operatiba natin may malalaking nahuhuli for the past few weeks. Ito na iyon,” he added.

(Another warehouse here in the National Capital Region was seized. That's why for the past few weeks, our operatives were able to catch suspects. And this is one of them.)

Authorities have yet to properly interrogated the apprehended suspect, the PDEA chief said. “Batak na batak oh, adik na adik. Ayaw magpakita ng mukha, paano mo makakausap?”

(The suspect looks very high on drugs. And the person doesn't want to show face, how can we talk?)

Law enforcers confiscated 40 kilos of suspected shabu from the suspect, who is now under PDEA custody. The alleged illegal drugs were reportedly placed inside tea bags/packs.

Another operation is being planned but Villanueva withheld details. "Sana, mag-turn out na positive," he said.

(I hope it's positive.)

— with report from Gracie Rutao

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