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