The combined effort of government operatives led to a successful drug bust with as much as P1.3 billion worth of drugs seized in the operation.
Authorities were able to seize 272 kilograms of shabu (Methamphetamine hydrochloride) loaded in six wooden crates contained in a van. Aside from the shabu, the officers also found 4 kilos of cocaine in the van.
The drug bust led to the arrest of: Felino Diamse of Ilocos Norte; Mark Jun San Miguel of Bustos, Bulacan; Oliver Tan of Borman St., Phase 2, Moonwalk, Parañaque City; and Robert Tan living in the same Parañaque address.
Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr., Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) director-general, and Senior Supt. Bartolome Tobias, chief of the AIDSOTF, supervised the anti-drug operation that led to the arrest of four suspects known to be big-time drug peddlers in the metro.
Officers from the Southern Police District, the PDEA, and AIDSOTF-Special Operations Unit-3 led by Supt. Ismael Fajardo Jr. joined forces to launch the buy-bust operation in Parañaque City.
The suspects were on their way to Cavite City to deliver the drugs when police intercepted their vehicles. The buy-bust was done following a tip from a police informant, who was not named by the authorities.
The drug enforcers positioned themselves along the Coastal Area in Parañaque City to intercept the suspects after the informant provided detailed information regarding the transport, including the time it would occur and the route the suspects were set to take.
The spokesperson for the anti-illegal drugs task force, Chief Insp. Roque Merdequia, revealed that the operatives actually tailed the van from Sentosa subdivision until they reached Marina Avenue in Dongalo Village, Parañaque, where they arrested the suspects.
It was reportedly Robert Tan who processed the contrabands. During the interrogation, Tan claimed that we was not aware what the contents of the boxes were because he was just paid P70,000 to transport these to Cavite.
He also said that it was an unidentified woman who asked him to pick up the boxes from a hotel in Parañaque, but he did not bother to check on their contents since the group was paid handsomely for the delivery.
Merdequia revealed that all the suspects will be charged with transporting illegal drugs. No bail is allowed for such an offense.
Links to Chinese Syndicate
According to a police source, the drugs could have reached the country via a boat from China, with Tan possibly among the top-level members of the Chinese syndicate operating in the Philippines.
It was also revealed that the drugs were already processed and ready for re-packing when these were smuggled to the country.
It was also highly likely that Tan’s group had an armed escort considering the huge shipment being transported but had evaded the drug enforcers.
Possible Alliance with Mexican Drug Cartel
Police operatives are also investigating the possibility of an alliance between the Chinese syndicate and Mexico’s Sinaloa Drug Cartel, following the drug bust which yielded P100 million worth of contraband last week (read story here).
It was not clear whether the two drug busts from two large drug syndicates in a span of just a week were related to each other.