- Authorities recovered 180 kilos of shabu worth P900 million in Cagayan
- The illegal substance was found buried in a vacant lot inside North Shore Island Resort in Claveria town
- The shabu haul was the first major anti-illegal drugs operation under the Duterte administration
During a joint operation, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) recovered 180 kilos of shabu [methamphetamine hydrochloride] with an estimated street value of P900 million from a resort in Cagayan on Sunday, July 3.
PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group acting head Senior Superintendent Alberto Ferro said the illegal drugs were recovered inside the North Shore Island Resort in Barangay Cullao in Claveria town on Sunday afternoon, July 3.
Ferro said the drugs were found inside a big ice box that was buried in a vacant lot inside the resort owned by a certain Rene Dimaya. Seven black travelling bags marked with “Lea D” were also dug up from the empty lot.
PNP Chief Ronald De la Rosa presented the confiscated drugs at the PNP Heaquartes in Camp Crame. He revealed that the information about the drugs being kept at the resort was passed on to him even before he formally assumed the leadership of the PNP. And upon his assumption of office, he directed Ferro to verify the information.
De la Rosa said the drugs came from either Taiwan or China and was shipped to Cagayan. The haul was meant to be delivered to a Chinese consignee in Binondo, Manila.
“”Dadalhin dapat ito sa Binondo, andun ‘yung Chinese na consignee,” GMA News Online quoted the PNP Chief as saying.
The shabu haul was the first major anti-illegal drugs operation under the Duterte administration.
Newly-installed PDEA head Isidro Lapeña hoped that the success of the operation would inspire more citizens to come forward with information on illegal drugs. The informant reportedly came forward not because of possible monetary reward, but because of sheer patriotism.