PDEA raid yields P1.1 billion worth of shabu

Published March 19, 2019, 11:07 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Chito Chavez

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said Wednesday the P1.1 billion worth of shabu seized by its agents Tuesday night inside the posh Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City could be from the “Golden Triangle region’’ interweaving the borers of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar.

PDEA Director-General Aaron Aquino made this assessment citing similarities in the packaging of shabu common in the “Golden Triangle Region’’ with those by illegal drug syndicates operating in some areas in Mindanao.

166 kilos or 1 billion pesos worth of shabu concealed in tea bag packaging were seized in a house at Apitong St., Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City. According to PDEA, the drugs are from the Golden Triangle syndicate. (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN)
166 kilos or 1 billion pesos worth of shabu concealed in tea bag packaging were seized in a house at Apitong St., Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City. According to PDEA, the drugs are from the Golden Triangle syndicate. (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN)

Anti-narcotics operatives have seized in the past illegal drugs with similar packaging methods that passed through the coastline a signature shipside smuggling scheme employed in the “Golden Triangle Region.’’

This transshipment method of illegal drugs is common in countries like Malaysia, Vietnam, and Myanmar.

On Tuesday night, PDEA agents confiscated 166 kilograms of shabu packed inside tea bags and cans of biscuits in a residence-turned-drug-lab in the exclusive subdivision.

Arrested were Emmanuel Pascual, 79; Chia Kian Kok, 43; Wuyi, 19; and Go Kei Kei, 40.

Aquino said PDEA is considering filing appropriate charges against the owner of the house.

 
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