AUTHORITIES seized over P258 million worth of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) from two condominium units in Malate, Manila.
A team of policemen and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents raided the two condo units in Royal Plaza Twin Tower along Remedios Street based on a search warrant issued by 2nd Executive Judge Carolina Icasiano-Sison of the Regional Trial Court Branch 18 in Manila.
Seized during the raid in unit 1605 were around 15 kilos of shabu valued at P102 million while 23 kilos worth P156.4 million were recovered in the other unit.
The two units have been leased to Chinese national Chen Zhinzun, who was arrested in a drug bust in Parañaque City on June 13, 2021.
During the drug bust, Zhinzun yielded around 38 kilograms of shabu with an estimated street value of P257 million.
PNP Chief Guillermo Eleazar said Zhinzun told investigators about his rented units following his arrest.
Zhinzun has been known to distribute illegal drugs in the National Capital Region and nearby regions.
“This is another stern warning to all foreign nationals who are into illegal drugs, we shall not rest until all of you are placed behind bars,” Eleazar said. (Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo / SunStar Philippines)