A drug bust in Caloocan City yielded an estimated P102 million worth of shabu. They were found in packs of Chinese tea during an anti-narcotics operation. This is according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Operatives of the PNP Drug Enforcement Group (DEG) arrested Randy Rafael Rodriguez, 42, during a sting in Barangay 161.
The bust was a joint effort between the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), National Intelligence Coordinating Council and Bureau of Customs.
Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero said they will keep coordinating with law enforcement to prevent illegal drugs from entering the Philippines.
Probers said the shabu-stuffed Chinese tea bags came to around 15 kilos total. The drugs were turned over to PDEA so they could conduct a custodial investigation.
Also seized from the suspect was a cellphone and 10 bundles of marked money.
The source of the drugs is still under investigation. Police are also finding out if the suspect is a drug ring member.
Rodriguez is being held at the DEG Metro Manila special operations unit headquarters. He’s being charged with violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act (Republic Act 9165) and the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (Republic Act 10863).
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