GOVERNMENT intelligence agents are now determining who was responsible for the 200 kilograms of shabu worth P1.3 billion left in an abandoned Toyota Avanza in a parking lot of SM Hypermart in Mabalacat City, Pampanga last Friday.
Philippine National Police chief General Benjamin C. Acorda Jr. said his men are now coordinating with the Land Transportation Office to determine the registered owner of the Toyota Avanza (ZGS-643) where the huge volume of drugs were found.
“This collaboration is a crucial step in identifying the individuals or entities behind this illicit activity and holding them accountable under the law,” the top cop said.
Members of the Manila Task Force Against Illegal Drugs of the National Bureau of Investigation, in coordination with the Mabalacat City Police Station, found the Avanza in Barangay Camachiles around 2:30 a.m. Friday.
The inventory of the drugs was made in the presence of the local barangay captain and a media representative.
As of press time, investigators are checking all available CCTV footage in the area that would enable them to identify the driver and the other occupants of the vehicle.
Acorda said that the recovery of the drugs represents a significant blow to the illicit drug trade and underscores the commitment of Philippine authorities to eradicate illegal drugs from our communities.
“I commend the dedication and collaboration exhibited by the NBI Manila Task Force Against Illegal Drugs (TFAID) and our PNP personnel in this significant operation.
The discovery of such a massive drug haul serves as a stark reminder of the persistent challenges posed by illegal drug syndicates in our society,” the top cop said.
He also encouraged the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities that could contribute to a safer and drug-free Philippines.
“We will not waver in our commitment to rid our communities of these harmful substances and those who profit from them,” Acorda said.