The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Philippine National Police’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force on Tuesday confiscated over P180 million worth of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, during a buy-bust in a warehouse in Barangay Lawang Bato, Valenzuela City (Metro Manila)
At 8 a.m. of Tuesday, agents recovered at least 36 kilograms of shabu and arrested two Filipino-Chinese suspects identified as Sonny Ang, 67, and Benito Tiuseco, 47, who were on board a white Chevrolet Venture.
According to Director Ismael Fajardo Jr. of PDEA Special Enforcement Service, the two suspects, whom they believe are members a drug syndicate, have been under surveillance by the agency for over a week.
The two attempted to resist arrest but they were cornered by the raiding team near a gasoline station.
When the authorities arrested the subjects using a search warrant issued by Executive Judge Fernando Sagun of Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 78, they also recovered 12 milling machines that are made in China.
According to the PDEA, the suspects seemed to know about the operation since there is no one inside the warehouse at the time of the raid.
Aside from the shabu that were put inside plastic containers, the team also found illegal drugs inside crates in the milling machines.
Fajardo wondered why the machines with drugs inside were able to pass inspection by the Bureau of Customs.
The confiscated illegal drugs are covered by aluminum foil and put inside the milling machines.
Ang and Tiuseco are under custody of the police and will be facing cases, including violation of Section 5, Article 2 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Drug Act of 2002.