TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: An estimated P900 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) was recovered in a northern Cagayan town on Sunday, a week after a village chairman and his three accomplices were arrested with 30 kilograms of illegal drugs in a resort there.
A joint anti-illegal drugs follow-up operation led by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) recovered approximately 200 kilograms of shabu in a farm in Barangay Culao, Claveria town.
The illegal drugs were placed in seven black bags stuffed in a big blue icebox, including some 180 plastic bags more containing over one kilogram of shabu each.
Operatives of government agencies in Regions 1 and 2 said this is the biggest haul of illegal drugs there since President Rodrigo Duterte officially assumed office in Malacañang.
Last week, Marzan Victor Tumaneng, incumbent chairman of Barangay Centro 4 in Claveria, with his cohorts – Edgardo Almazan, Robert Cainguitan and Alfred Salvosa – were caught with 30 transparent plastic bags of shabu they negotiated with a poseur-buyer for P150 million.
PDEA-Cagayan director, Derrick Carreon, said the supposed transaction was done at North Shore Island Resort in Barangay Culao.
Carreon added that Tumaneng has been under surveillance for a long time.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Director Gen. Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa, in a media briefing on Monday at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City (Metro Manila) presented the confiscated drugs.
He said he received information that illegal drugs were kept at the resort upon his assumption as PNP chief, prompting him to direct Senior Supt. Alberto Ferro, acting director of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) to verify.
De la Rosa added that the illegal drugs reportedly came from either China or Taiwan and were shipped to Cagayan.
They were supposed to be transported to the Chinese consignee based in Binondo when busted.