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P3.6-b shabu seized in Pampanga

Law enforcement agencies have seized P3.6 billion worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” in a warehouse in Mexico City, Pampanga, Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla on Thursday.

Remulla said the drug haul was “the biggest catch so far under the administration of President Marcos.”

“A total of 530 kilos amounting to P3.6 billion street value were confiscated and believed imported through the Subic port,” Remulla said.

Customs District Collector Ciriaco Ugay said the seized illegal drugs were declared as animal feed from Thailand, packed in 881 bags.

Each pack contained approximately one kilogram of shabu, Ugay said.

Remulla said the seizure of the illegal drugs from a warehouse in Purok 5 in San Jose Malino was a result of a multi-agency operation led by the National Bureau of Investigation.

He said investigators already have a list of persons involved in the criminal activity.

“The NBI is on the job now pursuing these people,” he said.

The NBI said the operation was done in collaboration with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Customs, and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency.

“The NBI will conduct a financial investigation in tandem with the Anti-Money Laundering Council against the corporations identified as being used as conduits to traffic the seized illegal drugs,” the bureau said.

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