AUTHORITIES on Friday seized more than 200 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu worth P1.4 billion, in a joint operation in Barangay Don Galo, Parañaque City.
The drug bust operation was jointly conducted by operatives of the Philippine National Police-Anti Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (PNP- AIDSOTF) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
According to Chief Inspector Roque Merdegia Jr., spokesman of the PNP-AIDSOTF Intelligence and Investigation Division, an informant tipped them that suspected illegal drugs will be transported to Cavite from Sentosa in Marina Bay on Friday afternoon.
Because of this, AIDSOTF and PDEA immediately dispatched a team to conduct a surveillance to a silver Mitsubishi Adventure (WVI 579) where six craters containing illegal drugs were loaded.
The vehicle driven by Oliver Tan was intercepted by authorities in Marina Bay along Coastal Road in Parañaque City.
PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac, Jr. said aside from Tan, they also nabbed his father, Robert, who introduced himself as Chinese businessman and two others identified as Mark Jun San Gabriel and Felino Lopez.
In an interview with reporters, Robert Tan said he was just hired by a woman to transport the six craters to Cavite.
The woman, whom he refused to identify, allegedly paid him P70,000 for the delivery of the craters, according to Tan.
Tan said although he did not open the craters, the woman assured him that no illegal substance was kept in them.
The six craters were immediately checked by authorities in the presence of Parañaque City Prosecutor Ramil Reyes, Don Galo barangay chairman and representatives from the media.
Cacdac said the chemical analysis on the substance confirmed that it was shabu totaling 274.5 kilos and with a street value of P1.4 billion.
He said they suspect that the illegal drugs were brought in the country by a Chinese drug syndicate.
“We suspect that the drugs came from another country. It is a Chinese drug group that is responsible for bringing this in,” said Cacdac.
He also said that another four kilos of illegal substance are set to be examined by their chemical analyst because the texture is not similar with shabu.
Cacdac said they will conduct further investigation to know how the illegal substance entered the country.
“This year we will continue so that we could remove illegal drugs from our communities,” he added.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO