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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Subic shabu burned

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Friday destroyed P5.3 billion worth of dangerous drugs, said to be the biggest shipment burned at the Integrated Waste Management, Inc. facility in Cavite.

Officials said the drugs, which weighed a total of 973 kilos, included shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride)—755 kg; marijuana—1.2kg; and opium poppy seeds—217 kg.

Majority of the burned drugs, which included the entrapped 755 kg shabu shipment at the Subic Freeport in May, were seized by drug enforcement agencies.

A Chinese businessman identified as Anthony Ang, who was allegedly behind the drug smuggling, has remained in hiding since late last month.

Superintendent Jose AE. Rayco, regional director of PDEA Region III, said they were waiting for the warrant to be issued for Ang, his wife Estrella and his brother-in-law.

Others present in the destruction were Vicente Sotto III, chair of the Dangerous Drugs Board, Public Attorney’s Office Chief Persida Acosta, Trece Martires Mayor Melencio de Sagun, and Assistant Secretary Ferdinand Cui of the Presidential Management Staff.

Sotto said the destruction of the drugs will wipe out the country’s reputation as a trans-shipment point of illegal drugs.” Maricar Cinco, Inquirer Southern Luzon

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