The Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency netted P3.4 billion worth of crystal methamphetamine, commonly known as shabu, in an anti-drug operation on September 7 in the town of Candelaria, Zambales.
Weighing a total of 500 kilograms, enforcers say that this is so far their biggest haul of the year.
In the operation which involved agents from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Bureau of Customs, four suspects were killed, all of whom were Chinese nationals from Fujian, China except for one: Gao Manzhu, 49; Hong Jianshe, 58; Eddie Tan, 60; Youhua Xu, 50 (from Quezon City).
Four firearms, one car, four mobile phones and two Chinese passports were recovered.
Meanwhile, P544 million worth of presumed methamphetamine and three Chinese nationals were nabbed in a separate operation in Brgy. Tipo, Hermosa, Bataan. The seized drugs weighed some 80 kilograms, said PDEA.
Among the arrested were: Qing Chang Zhou, 37; Cai Cai Bin, 49; Longcai Chang, 45.
According to PDEA, they are connected to same group as those suspects killed in Zambales.
PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said the successful bust was a result of the strengthened cooperation between law enforcement agencies. It was conducted a day after the NBI filed complaints against PNP and PDEA agents involved in a shootout last February.
In the said incident, the Quezon City Police District Special Operations Unit and the PDEA Special Enforcement Service engaged in a gunfight, leading to the deaths of two police officers, PDEA agent and an informant.