The Caloocan City Police confiscated almost 24 kilograms of methamphetamine or shabu through a buy-bust on Wednesday, June 13 at Sta. Ana district in Manila.
The illegal drugs, packed in golden plastic tea bags and valued around Php 163-million, were seized from a 61-year-old Ruby Calabio and her son, 26-year-old Ian Akira Calabio. The said drugs were found inside a silver luggage bag at the Calabio residence. The seized drugs were, later on, surrendered to the PNP and was shown to the media in Camp Crame. The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año led the presentation and said that the drugs were seized by Caloocan City police who were already acting on a lead obtained from their area.
However, PNP Chief Director Oscar Albayalde said that their team is still investigating on the origin of the said stash of drugs whether it was smuggled in the country or from any drug storages around the Metro. He also added that the seized illegal drugs add up to the Php6.4-billion worth from China that was able to pass in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) last year and the other 600 kilos that were impounded in Valenzuela City.
Albayalde said that the illegal drugs possibly came from China, based on the inscription of the wrappers with labels “refined Chinese tea” and added that the drugs were “industrial-grade”.