BuCor tip leads NBI to P60-M drugs haul in Metro Manila

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

NBI Director Dante Gierran said the illegal drug inside a blue Toyota Corolla sedan (THH 290) was revealed in a letter sent by a BuCor official dated July 20, saying a auto usually delivers shabu along Roxas Boulevard.

Of the seized substances, the NBI in a statement said the examination by the agency's Forensic Chemistry Division showed positive indication of the presence of dimethoxy methylphenethylamine, a unsafe drug connected to psychedelic drugs.

A tip coming from the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) led to the seizure of estimated PHP60 million worth of illegal drugs by the operatives of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila, NBI official said on Monday.

The operation stemmed from a letter of the BuCor requesting assistance for the arrest of a group involved in large-scale selling of drugs in southern part of Metro Manila.

An NBI forensic study showed the substance having "positive indication for the presence of Dimethoxy Methylphenethylanime", an ingredient in psychedelic or hallucinogenic drugs.

"We have not yet eliminated drug trade in the Philippines", Kho, who also supervises the BuCor, told reporters.

"We have an informant and this is the result of the coordinated work between the BuCor and the NBI", Kho said in the same briefing.

He assured that the Department of Justice (DoJ), NBI and BuCor will continue efforts to eliminate drugs. Senator Leila De Lima and other former officials of BuCor have been charged in court for allegedly benefitting in the trade. The government then deployed members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Forces (SAF) to guard the maximum security compound in the New Bilibid Prison.

But Aguirre earlier admitted that new leaders have emerged and is trying to revive the illegal drugs trade from inside prison. Aguirre's admission led to the resignation of BuCor Chief's Benjamin Delos Santos.

Kho said drug trading inside the national penitentiary has been going on even before President Duterte.

Aguirre noted that 70 to 75 percent of illegal drugs in the country were being trafficked from inside the NBP prior to the assumption of the Duterte administration.

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