Over P1-billion worth of shabu seized in Valenzuela City

Nearly P1.1 billion worth of suspected was seized by personnel of the joint police force, Bureau of Customs, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency at a house in J.P. Rizal Street in Arty Subdivision of Barangay Karuhatan in City.

About 160 kilos of suspected illegal drugs were seized. A Chinese and a Filipina were also arrested.

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According to Dir Gen Wilkins Villanueva, the operating unit has been under surveillance in the area for almost a month. The two caught are not on their target list, but they believe even more prominent personalities are behind it.

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, a buy-bust operation took place where more than a kilo was discussed in the transaction. It was around 3 pm when operatives entered the house and found packages of Chinese tea whose contents were suspected to be shabu.

When they were inventoried, the illegal drugs weighed up to 160 kilos.

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According to Villanueva, that area is the possible source of their arrests in recent days.

“Ito na pero meron pa kaming sinusubaybayan. March 5 may 60kg na nahuli, ito na yung nahuli na sinubaybayan natin,” he said.

It is part of a transnational drug syndicate called “The Company,” Villanueva said.

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Over P1-billion worth of seized in City

“The company is operating in South East Asia and ang source nito ay galing sa golden triangle,” he added.

It is said that this is the result of their follow-up operations and that they have more personalities to target.

From March 1 to today, the amount of drugs confiscated by the agency is P1.5 billion.

According to Mayor Rex Gatchalian, the area, which is only rented to the suspects, has had no real estate record for a long time.

“Its registered residential, 2015 may nakita pa ako 1996, mula noon naging residential na sila. Nakakuha kami sa may-ari ng dokumento na tinurn over na namin sa PDEA at police,” he said.

The scales, sealing machine, ID, ATM cards, and the marked money worth P1 million were recovered from the house.

The two will be charged with violating the Dangerous Drugs Act while the agency is still identifying their accomplices.

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