A driver turned over to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) yesterday a huge quantity of shabu placed inside two boxes of fruit juice which was reportedly left inside his jeepney Saturday in Bacoor, Cavite.
The driver, identified only as “Joel”, told investigators how he called the attention of an unidentified passenger who alighted from his jeep and left behind the boxes.
Joel then decided to bring home the boxes but later on got the shock of his life when he opened the package as soon as he reached his house.
“Akala ko juice ’yun, yun pala mali (I thought it was just juice but I was wrong,” said Joel.
Special Investigator Salvador Arteche of the NBI – Anti-Illegal Drugs Division (AIDD) said that Joel, who was terrified upon seeing the drugs, opted to hide with his family in Taytay, Rizal after sensing that the syndicate behind the incident might go after him.
Joel told Arteche that he noticed unidentified men roaming near his house after the incident.
The seized items were later confirmed as methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, with total net weight of two kilograms with an estimated street value of P10 million.
NBI-AIDD Chief Joel Tovera believed that there is a syndicate behind the abandoned drugs, similar to the case they handled in Pasay in December 2015, when one of the men who left the boxes with same packaging was killed by the operatives while trying to flee.
Tovera said the NBI-AIDD is now investigating to determine whether the illegal drugs were abandoned intentionally or not.
Tovera also mentioned that these kind of modus have been carried out by big-time drug syndicate to avoid being traced.
They ship the drugs through couriers who use public transports to sell it to the pusher and users, Tovera said.
(BETHEENA KAE UNITE)