PCG working dog detects P6.8M ‘shabu’ in tea bags

A Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) working dog named “James” helped anti-narcotics operatives in detecting crystal meth or “shabu” worth P6.8 million in a buy-bust operation in Bonggao, Tawi-Tawi on Tuesday, August 9.

Joint operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP), Philippine Marine Corps (PMC), and PCG conducted a drug sting in a coastal area in Bonggao town against the targets identified as Nurhamin Nurussin and Husna Nurussin.

The authorities seized from the suspects a blue-colored eco bag which contained a sealed refined Chinese tea plastic bag.

The PCG said operatives of the Coast Guard K9 Field Operating Unit in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) conducted a confirmatory test on the bag to verify its contents.

(Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard)

The PCG said Coast Guard Working Dog (CGWD) James “made a positive scratching indication” when presented with the bag, which meant that it contained suspected illegal drugs.

When they opened the bag, authorities found one kilo of illegal drugs concealed in the tea bag.


The suspects were arrested and charged for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2022.