Six arrested in Samar for possession of ₱600M-worth of shabu

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Tacloban City (CNN Philippines, October 18) — Six people, including a minor and a pregnant woman, were arrested in a Samar town for possession of nearly ₱600 million worth of illegal drugs.

A total of 44 packs or an estimated 88 kilograms of metamphetamine or shabu were seized in two cars in a checkpoint on Thursday in Gandara, Samar. Based on the investigation, the six suspects where on board the two vehicles heading towards Ormoc City when they were flagged down at a checkpoint along Maharlika Highway in Gandara.

Eastern Visayas Police Director BGen Dionardo Carlos said the market price of the seized shabu is estimated at ₱598 million to ​₱​​​​​​600 million. He said the drugs were placed in the cars' compartment and back seat — in plain sight.

The regional police chief said the suspects are mostly from Cebu. He said the drugs came from Luzon and was supposed to be brought either to Cebu or Mindanao.

The suspects, who were presented to the media on Friday, claimed that they do not know each other and were only given instructions through a cellphone call by their boss, whom they refused to identify.

They also said this was not their first drug transaction. They said that in August, they successfully brought illegal drugs from Metro Manila to Cebu by traveling to Calbayog and boarding a ferry from the city to Cebu.

The suspects will face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Tacloban-based stringer Wil Mark Amazona contributed to this report.