BAGUIO CITY – Over 300 kilos of shabu tucked into at least 500 pieces of tea bags, marked with Chinese characters, were seized at a rented “warehouse” of a Chinese national at Purok 4, Irisan barangay Wednesday morning.
Chinese national Hui Ming, alias “Tan,” was caught at the raid initiated by the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU) of the Cordillera police with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents.
Anti-narcotics agents from the RDEU earlier sought a local court of a Search Warrant after painstaking intelligence operations against the Chinese national, said Cordillera police director Brigadier General David Peredo, who had directed policemen in the highland region of a sustained effort to rid the six provinces and two cities in the Cordillera of illegal drugs.
Authorities, who placed the value of the seized drugs at over P2 billion, perhaps one of the biggest shabu haul north of Manila in recent years, have yet to inventory the shabu and file charges against Ming.
Irisan is one of the 4 remaining barangays in the city that have yet to be cleared from the presence of illegal drugs.
The huge drug haul caught residents and city officials by surprise as the said rented warehouse is situated near the headquarters of the Baguio fire station in the said area.
The drug haul was a long-time initiative of the regional drug enforcement unit of the Police Regional Office – Cordillera until the same was executed leading to the discovery of the drugs in the said rented warehouse. By Dexter A. See