PDEA tracing source of shabu found on Samar island

Published August 15, 2019, 3:45 PM

by CJ Juntereal

By Marie Marticio

TACLOBAN CITY – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) wants to find out how P66 million worth of shabu ended up on the shores of Biri Island, Northern Samar.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (MANILA BULLETIN)
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

Four plastic bags of shabu totaling 9.71 kilograms were found by a fisherman in Sitio Pagul, Barangay Del Pilar in Biri.

PDEA Eastern Visayas Director Edgar Jubay said Biri is near Sorsogon in Bicol, where bundles of cocaine was found in the sea. It is also near three seaports in Northern Samar, which are major entry points to Eastern Visayas.

Jubay said that after the shabu was recovered, PDEA sent a K-9 unit to check if there are more illegal drugs on the shoreline.

What Jubay is certain of is that the substance “came from a drug syndicate.”

The agency is also looking into the possibility of a shabu laboratory near the area.” he said.

Biri Island is a popular tourist destination because of its rock formations and white sand beach. Jubay said they will also coordinate with island’s tourism office to check on their guests.

“There were reports of drones flying prior to the discovery of the shabu, some said yachts were spotted in the area, so they might also be looking for something,” he said.
Jubay said further laboratory tests would help determine the source of the shabu.

“Hihintayin namin ang disposition ng PNP kong sila magdadala sa Camp Crame for further examination. By that time, PDEA will conduct profiling to identify the kind of shabu recovered, which will be compared with other confiscated shabu in Metro Manila to determine its origin,” he said.

The Eastern Visayas police chief, Brig. Gen. Dionardo Carlos also ordered that police patrol the coastlines to recover any other contraband.

It was the first time that shabu in the seas of Eastern Visayas.