PDEA seizes P15-M shabu from convicted ‘drug queen’, daughter

Rambo Talabong
PDEA seizes P15-M shabu from convicted ‘drug queen’, daughter

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The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency gets a big catch at the start of the week

MANILA, Philippines –  A convicted drug queen doing time at the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) has been caught stockpiling illegal drugs behind bars, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) announced on Monday, November 6.

Seized from the cell of Yuk Lai Yu, 72,  at the Correctional Institution for Women (CIW), Mandaluyong City early Monday morning were various drug paraphernalia. 

According to the PDEA report, operatives struck at 4 am, confiscating the following in her cell:

  • 135 grams of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu
  • Two kilograms of suspected shabu contained in plastic packs and jars
  • One million pieces of capsules containing suspected dangerous drugs
  • One million pieces of empty capsules

The PDEA also collected 19 checks worth P633,593, one blank checkbook, 5 ATM cards, one bank account with a deposit of P1,501,934.36 under the name of Anna Sy Balmeo, 5 mobile phones, one tablet, one pocket WIFI, unused foils, panty liners, and empty sachets and cash in various foreign currencies. 

Some 3 hours later, the same PDEA team arrested Yu Yuk Lai’s daughter, Diana Yu,  during the implementation of a search warrant in her San Miguel, Manila, condominium right outside Malacañang Palace.

Operatives seized two kilograms of suspected shabu worth P10 million during the operation. According to the PDEA, Diana Yu had “special VIP access” inside her mother’s cell.

In all, the PDEA collected shabu worth P15.4 million from mother and daughter.

Investigations, the PDEA said in a statement, are underway to determine how the seized drugs found their way inside the prison.

The big catch comes a month after President Rodrigo Duterte transferred the war on drugs to the PDEA from the hands of the Philippine National Police (PNP). – Rappler.com

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.