Three kilograms of high-grade methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, which had been concealed in the cemented base of a large umbrella was discovered by police agents in Imus, Cavite City on Saturday.
Authorities said that the umbrella base containing the illegal drug, with a street value of P15-million, was hidden in one of two cars left by the suspects along National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Road in Barangay Bucandala, Imus.
The suspects were tagged by Supt. Romano V. Cardiño, Police Provincial Office (PPO) Intelligence Branch (S-2) chief as Heng, Jeng and Boy Tattoo. All three managed to get away while being chased by operatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), PNP-Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force, PPO-S-2 and Imus police.
Police pursued the suspects after the three had finished an illegal drug transaction with some buyers.
According to Cardiño, the suspects are part of a big drug ring which supplies shabu to Cavite.
“Isang grupo sila na nagbabagsak ng shabu sa Cavite (They are [part of] one group which drops shabu in Cavite),” he said
Two vehicles were abandoned by the suspects; an Isuzu Crosswind, in which the umbrella base was found, and a Honda.
A drug-sniffing dog from the K-9 Unit was employed to pinpoint where the contraband was hidden.
“Naamoy ng K-9, nakita yung droga nang binasag yung semento ng umbrella base,” (The K-9 smelled [the drugs], the drugs were found upon breaking open the cement umbrella base.) Cardiño told a reporter on the scene in Imus.