THREE Taiwanese were arrested on Tuesday night for possessing P1.5-billion worth of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) in separate drug raids in Las Piñas and Parañaque cities (Metro Manila).
Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) nabbed Shih-Ming Tsai and
Kuo-chuan Cheng in a raid at a house that served as a clandestine shabu laboratory at Philamlife Village in Barangay Pamplona Dos, Las Piñas City.
The operatives seized at least 50 kilograms of shabu, boxes of liquid meth and assorted laboratory equipment in the house.
The next operation apprehended Chun Ming Lin in another laboratory at Executive Village Society in BF Homes, Parañaque City.
The second raid yielded 15 packs of shabu and 24 balikbayan-size boxes of ephedrine powder.
The PDEA said the raids kicked off “Oplan Firstblood” that seeks to put drug peddlers and users in jail.
Meanwhile, an alleged notorious drug pusher was found dead on a street in Baclaran, Parañaque City before midnight.
A report from the Southern Police District said the victim was identified as Marvin Toston, alias Bordado, 40, who is known for selling illegal drugs to tricycle and jeepney drivers in the area.
He sustained two gunshot wounds in the head.
Meanwhile, at least 90 self-confessed drug users and peddlers surrendered to Mandaluyong City police on Wednesday and promised to stop using illegal drugs.
The surrenderers, residents of Barangay Mabini –J. Rizal, were presented by Barangay Chairperson (village chief) Angelina Tablan to Eastern Police District (EPD) Acting District Director Senior Superintendent Romulo Sapitula and Mandaluyong police chief Senior Superintendent Joaquin Alva.
They trooped to the barangay court where they underwent debriefing and profiling. They also signed an affidavit that they will not use or peddle drugs anymore.
Police said those who surrendered will not be detained but will be monitored by the authorities. They were required to report to the police every Sunday.
Aside from medical and psychiatric examinations and drug tests, the drug “suspects” will be given counseling, livelihood training and will undergo rehabilitation if needed.