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25 Taiwanese arrested in Boracay drug bust

Iloilo City – The Philippine National Police (PNP) may have unearthed a Taiwanese cybercrime and drug group at world-famous Boracay Island in Malay town, Aklan province.

This is after 25 Taiwanese nationals were arrested jointly by Malay PNP, Boracay PNP and Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) during an anti-drug operation inside a rented villa in Balabag village the other day.

Police Chief Inspector Mark Evan Salvo of Malay PNP said they originally thought that the group of Taiwanese may have been operating a drug lab.

But to their surprise, they found numerous units of desktop computers, laptops, modems, and telephones.

Cops also found a list of international phone numbers.

Authorities are still uncertain as to what exactly type of cybercrime the 25 Taiwanese nationals are engaged in.

The PNP Crime Anti-Cybercrime Group is coming to Boracay from Camp Crame in Metro Manila to conduct further investigation.

Senior Inspector Jess Baylon, chief of Boracay PNP, disclosed that an undercover cop originally was able to buy shabu (crystal meth) from one of the Taiwanese.

Also recovered from the Taiwanese-rented villa were cocaine and ecstasy and several drug paraphernalia.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Immigration conducted inventory of the 25 arrested Taiwanese nationals.
(With reports from Jonathan Cabrera & Jun N. Aguirre) (TARA YAP)

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