By AARON B. RECUENCO and FERDINAND F. CASTRO
Manila, Philippines – Police anti-narcotics operatives seized yesterday morning some P420 million worth of shabu in a raid on a suspected illegal drugs storage facility in Lipa City, Batangas.
Chief Inspector Roque Merdegia, legal and operations chief of the police’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force, said three people were arrested during the operation.
The raiding team led by task force and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency supported by elements of Batangas Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) and Police Regional Office (PRO) 4-A were armed with a search warrant issued by Judge Fernando Dagun of Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 78 when they swooped down on the facility owned by Jorge Torres at LPL compound in Barangay Inosluban at about 7 a.m..
But he said what was raided was not a shabu laboratory but a storage area where the illegal drugs are being kept before the distribution.
Some 84 kilos of suspected shabu, with a street value of P420 million (P5 million per kilo), were seized during the operation.
A separate report revealed that the illegal drugs were stuffed inside four big traveling bags.
The report added that the illegal drugs were already packed, an indication that they were ready for distribution.
Two firearms were also seized.
Another police official who requested anonymity said five people were actually arrested during the operation, one of them is a Chinese who appeared to be the leader.
Authorities would not give additional details about the operations as the accomplishment is expected to be presented to the media today.
The source said those busted are members of the Mexican-Chinese drug cartel operating in Asia.
It was recalled that a top official of the United States who visited the Philippines a few months ago warned about Asia being the next market for Latin America-produced illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine.