THE cooperation between Philippine and Chinese anti-illegal drug agencies continues to produce results. This time, it led to the seizure on Friday of some P3 billion worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” in the northern end of Metro Manila and the arrest of the alleged consignee of the illegal drugs.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Isidro S. Lapeña said the combined efforts of his agency and operatives of the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Custom; together with the agents from the Office of the National Narcotics Control Commission (ONNCC), the Narcotics Control Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security, People’s Republic of China; and Chinese Customs led to the interdiction of more or less 604 kilos of shabu, in a warehouse in Valenzuela City.
Lapeña said the illegal drugs were seized from two warehouses at 5510 De Castro Subdivision, barangays Paso de Blas and Ugong. He added that the huge haul of shabu was the result of the revitalized cooperation and collaboration between Chinese and Philippine drug law enforcement authorities following the State Visit to China of President Rodrigo Duterte last year.
The PDEA chief disclosed that this particular operation started with bi-lateral meetings between PDEA, ONNCC and the Fujian Provincial Drug Law Enforcement Agency from February to March. During these meetings, the initial details of the joint operation were discussed.
Thereafter, the Fujian Provincial Drug Law Enforcement Agency coordinated with Chinese Customs for the controlled delivery of the illegal drugs shipment. As a result, the whereabouts of hundreds of kilos of shabu were traced and, using two Letters of Authority (LOA) from the BoC Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), seized.
Meanwhile, Lapeña revealed that the named consignee of the illegal drugs, who was identified as Fidel Anoche Lee, a Filipino-Chinese, was arrested during the seizure operation. He said Lee is now detained at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City for further investigation.
At the same time, Lapeña said the lesses of the warehouse, who were identified as Jhu Ming-Jyun and Chen Min; are still at-large. Nevertheless, charges of violation of Republic Act 9165 (the Comprehensive Dangerous Act of 2002) will still be filed against them.
The seized contraband from the warehouse in Paso de Blas were turned-over to NBI Forensic Laboratory while those recovered from Ugong were forwarded to PDEA Laboratory Service for qualitative and quantitative examination.
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