Police seize ₱163M shabu from mother and son in Manila

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 13) — Anti-drug operatives seized ₱163 million-worth of shabu from a 61-year-old woman and her son who were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Sta. Ana, Manila early Wednesday.

National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde said two drug suspects in Caloocan City led authorities to Ruby Calabio  and her son as their supplier. Agents went to Calabio's house pretending to buy drugs.

When the deal was about to be completed, the police declared the arrest and seized 24 kilograms of shabu packed in wrappers bearing Chinese characters and labeled "refined Chinese tea."  The sealed packets  were found inside a luggage. 

The police also recovered ₱30,000 in marked money.


Albayalde said there was a big possibility the illegal drugs were smuggled into the country because of the technology used to pack them.

"That is part of our investigation – kung pano nakapasok or paano na-develop or nagawa yang ganyan karaming shabu, although 'pag empake pa lang alam na natin na medyo... There's a big possibility na smuggled talaga 'yan," he said in a media briefing.

The suspects will face charges for illegal possession and sale of drugs.

Albayalde said the continuous arrest of drug criminals showed the government was relentless in the campaign against the illegal trade.

"This is a good indication that we are not relenting in our campaign against illegal drugs and criminality... We cannot rest and relax our war on illegal drugs," he said.