The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) discovered that the four empty magnetic lifters found at a warehouse in Governor Mariano Alvarez, Cavite contained about 1.6 tons of illegal drugs, larger than what they initially expected.
According to PDEA Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino, they recently conducted re-enactment of how the magnetic lifters, suspected to have contained crystallized methamphetamine also known as shabu, got smuggled to the country
As part of their re-enactment, PDEA weighed the four magnetic lifters inside a container van and compared its current weight to the documented net and gross weight of the said equipment upon its arrival in the Philippines.
The agency discovered that the magnetic lifters, currently, weigh less than 1,600 kilograms or 1.6 ton compared to its original weight.
“Isinakay namin yung apat na empty magnetic lifters sa container van at isinakay namin yung container van with magnetic lifters yung sa truck na ginamit noon at ikinumpura doon sa dokumento, sa bill of lading, sa commerical invoice, nakalagay kasi doon yung gross weight at net weight. Bago lumabas ng isang bansa iyan, titimbangin iyan,” Aquino said during DZRH’s Isyu.
“Ngayong wala ng laman ang mga lifters, tinimbang namin, ni-reenact namin lahat. Ipinasok namin kung ano yung timbang doon at sinubtract lang namin doon sa original weight niya. May difference siya na 1,600 kilo, o 1.6 ton,” Aquino added.
Initially, PDEA estimated that the empty magnetic lifters contained about a ton of shabu.
Aquino suspects that the 1.6 ton of shabu has circulated the streets of the Philippines, and caused the recent drop in the price of shabu being sold in the National Capital Region.
The PDEA chief explained that recent reports showed that the price of shabu has went down to at least Php 1,600 up to Php 2,000 per gram, when previously the same amount of illegal drugs costed about Php 6,000 to Php 8,000.
“Ito’y basic economics, kapag maraming supply, mababa ang presyo,” Aquino explained.
Currently, both Houses of Congress has initiated separate legislative investigation regarding this suspected large amount of shabu, estimated to be worth Php 6.8 billion, that entered the Philippines.