P163-M shabu seized from mother, daughter in Manila

IT’S NOT TEA. (FROM LEFT) Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde, Local Government Acting Secretary Eduardo Ano and Metro Manila Police Chief Guillermo Eleazar present during a press conference at the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 P163 million worth of shabu in tea wrappers allegedly smuggled into the country and seized from a mother and daughter in Sta. Ana, Manila. PHOTO BY ENRIQUE M. AGCAOILI

POLICE arrested a mother and her daughter late on Tuesday after 24 kilograms of “shabu” worth P163 million were found in their possession, Local Government Acting Secretary Eduardo Año said on Wednesday.

At a press briefing, Año identified the suspects as Akira Calabio and her mother Ruby.

Based on initial investigation, the Calabios were arrested after police apprehended one Luzviminda Basilio and Jocelyn Santos in a buy bust operation in front of the Manila Central University earlier on Tuesday.

A follow-up operation in Barangay 778 Zone 85 in Sta. Ana hours later led to the arrest of mother and daughter. The 24 kilograms of shabu in their possession was found inside a silver luggage.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde said there could have been plans to smuggle shabu out of the country since each kilogram was in a tea wrapper with Chinese characters written.

“As of this time, it has not been proven if this really came from outside the Philippines or not. What we all know is based on the wrapper, it is highly probable that this shabu was smuggled here in the country,” Albayalde said in a mix of Filipino and English.

The four suspects will face charges for conspiracy and selling of illegal drugs and operations. ROY NARRA


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