NBI uncovers new way to ship shabu in arrest of 3 Chinese


MANILA, Philippines — The National Bureau of Investigation seized P314 million worth of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) and arrested three Chinese nationals during a raid on a drying station in Tondo, Manila, last week.

In a press conference presided by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Monday, the NBI said the operation revealed a new modus operandi of bringing in shabu from China to the Philippines.

The NBI has found wet crystalline granules that require further drying in aluminum foil tea bags, which is believed to be shipped in this unfinished state to avoid detection and prevent drug mules from stealing it.

The illegal drugs in aluminum foil bags with Chinese characters were possibly declared as Chinese tea or medicine.

Suspects Ong Tsen Siong, Lee Chuan Chiat and Sy Tian Kok were detained in the NBI jail and charged with violation of Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The NBI seized 62.7 kilograms of shabu at 704 Cathay Mansions on Mayhaligue Street in Tondo. The operation was covered by a search warrant issued by the Malabon Regional Trial Court.

A monthlong surveillance was conducted by the joint operatives of the Investigative and Intelligence Services under Deputy Directors Ruel Lasala and Reynaldo Esmeralda, respectively, with head agent Rommel Vallejo, chief of Anti-Organized Crime Division, as team leader.

Also seized were humidifiers, small cloth dryer, drying pans, weighing scales, several plastic containers, vacuum sealers, and vacuum packaging machines.

Further investigation in coordination with the Bureau of Customs will be conducted to establish how the shabu entered the country.

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  • joboni96

    pag intsik switik
    pera lang nasa isip


  • askal2u

    bitayin na mga yan in public, firing squad natin kagaya ng ginawa ni Marcos noon sa drug lord na intsik.

  • anakpinas

    firing squad, please!!!!!

    • walaywalay

      blindfold the 8 RPCG first before you shoot them

  • tristan marius

    why the Philippine government keeps on issuing visa to these Chinese when most of the time these people were always caught doing business like manufacturing of shabu?

    • walaywalay

      for the same reason the USA keeps letting Filipinos in among them many murders money launderers gun runners etc—because not ALL FILIPINO are murders money launderers gun runners etc so we can not discriminate against you for something your countrymen have done

      1-China 0-Philippines
      The Nobel Peace Prize 2010
      Liu Xiaobo

      “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China”

  • walaywalay

    Cooking meth is extremely toxic—it gets into the walls, your clothes, pretty much all– everything in the house must be destroyed
    After a USA raid, the house/building is condemned along with all of its contents
    Kids lose everything they have ever owned: toys, bikes, books, movies, and clothes—absolutely everything
    A HAZMAT crew cleans out the house and burns it all
    want to bet squatters now live where the lab was and lots of Tondo kids are playing there with new found ”toys”?
    ever see a HAZMAT suit? yet these cops entered and handled things unprotected-hope they can spell CANCER

    • Diepor

      If you read the story you will see that the meth was manufactered (cooked) in China.

  • judefawley

    These Chinese drug pushers will get out of jail in few days anyway.

  • Diepor

    I guess that tea will get you going the whole day

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