By JISELLE CASUCIAN, GMA Integrated News
The Philippine National Police seized almost P2.2 billion in illegal drugs found inside a cargo container at the Manila International Container Port, the PNP Drug Enforcement Group said in a Friday statement.
The Drug Enforcement Group added that the 323,184 grams of shabu valued at P2,197,651,200 were discovered and seized during a Thursday joint interdiction operation.
According to a DZBB report by Isa Umali on Thursday, the contraband was allegedly shipped from Mexico and arrived at the Manila port in January 2023.
The shipment remained abandoned until September when the PNP discovered the container van and the drugs hidden inside beef jerky packaging, carbon paper, and aluminum paper.
The PDEA Laboratory forensic examination confirmed the substance to be shabu.
PNP Chief Benjamin Acorda Jr. said investigators were attempting to verify if the current discovery was related to the P3.6 billion worth of shabu that was seized in an undercover operation in Pampanga in September. — DVM, GMA Integrated News