TWO Chinese nationals on Sunday were killed and P1.9 billion worth of shabu were seized in anti-drug raid in Tanza, Cavite.
Slain in a shootout were Vincent Du Lum and Hong Li Wen, both Chinese nationals.
Members of the Cavite police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 4A stormed a warehouse in Villa Lota Subd., Bgy. Amaya 1, Tanza at 4 p.m. on Sunday after an undercover PDEA officer managed to convince a suspected cohort of the suspects to sell him a kilo of shabu.
PDEA chair Director General Aaron Aquino said that since it was a Sunday, the other associates of the suspects were not around in the raided drug facility.
“There were only two suspects because maybe it’s a Sunday and the other workers were not around. They (Du Lum and Li Wen) fought off and they were killed during the operation,” he said.
Seized during the raid were 137 blue plastic bags containing suspected shabu weighing 274 kilograms worth P1.9 billion.
Recovered from the slain suspects were a loaded caliber .45 pistol and a 9mm semi-automatic pistol.
The PDEA chief said that prior to the encounter, his men went to the area to conduct a buy-bust targeting the suspect who offered to sell a kilo of shabu to their poseur. Since it was a Sunday, the poseur was instructed to go directly to the drug dealer’s place where the two Chinese were seen repacking the drugs.
Aquino described the place as a warehouse being used by the syndicate to repack shabu. He said that the Cavite warehouse is an ideal location for the syndicate since it is very near Metro Manila, which remains the center of all illegal drug activity.
He said they are investigating reports that the drugs were smuggled by a “mother ship” from a foreign country, with the cargo transferred in the high seas using a much smaller boat or what anti-narcotics experts describe as ”shipside smuggling.”
Aquino said they are looking into the possibility that the “mother ship” could have unloaded its cargo in the waters off Ilocos region and later transported to the Tanza warehouse.
SEIZURE OF SHABU IN TANZA PROOF THAT CHINESE DRUG LORDS REMAIN IN PH—PDEA
The PDEA head said that the huge volume of drugs could have been smuggled to the country by an international syndicate with connections from the “Golden Triangle” or the border of Laos, Thailand and Myanmar.
The official said that the Golden Triangle syndicate has gained notoriety for smuggling prohibited drugs into the country using the Sulu seas before distributing their stuff to Zamboanga Peninsula, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu and other parts of Visayas and Mindanao and later to Metro Manila.
The PDEA chief suspected that the two slain suspects were part of a syndicate connected to a group of Chinese nationals who were found to be operating a raided shabu laboratory in Ibaan, Batangas. Four Chinese nationals were arrested during the PDEA-led raid.
Aquino said that they are tracking down three more “persons of interest” in the aftermath of the Cavite raid, all of them from Fujian, China and all known to have had a hand in the smuggling and distribution of illegal drugs.
He added that the seizure of a huge volume of shabu in Tanza was enough proof that foreign drug lords and manufacturers, particularly Chinese drug lords, continue to operate in the country despite the Duterte government’s all-out war against prohibited drugs.
With Alfred Dalizon