Police seize P2.5B worth of shabu in Makati warehouse

Rambo Talabong
Police seize P2.5B worth of shabu in Makati warehouse


In one of the biggest drug busts of the Philippine National Police under President Rodrigo Duterte, 371 kilograms of shabu are seized from a Chinese national in Makati City

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) seized methamphetamine (shabu) worth P2.5 billion late Tuesday, November 26, in a warehouse in Makati City.

According to the police report shared with reporters on Wednesday morning, November 27, the PNP Drug Enforcement Group (DEG) confiscated 371 kilograms of shabu from a certain Chinese national named Liu Chao.

The sting was one of the biggest drug seizures by the PNP in 2019 and the Duterte administration.

A report by ABS-CBN News showed illegal drugs wrapped in plastic and labeled as dog food to avoid scrutiny.

The operation was mounted in a warehouse in the financial capital, with cops catching the suspect through a buy-bust operation. Because the suspect did not speak English or Filipino, cops had to use a translation application for the buy-bust exchange.

The PNP DEG is the police unit mandated to focus on building bigger drug busts and arrests of what the PNP calls “high-value targets.”

PNP officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa arrived later at night to inspect the crime scene and to commend the operatives for their catch. He then spoke with reporters. – 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.