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Sea of meth as Myanmar army smashes 3 drug labs

Mar 07, 2020 - 3:53 PM

The seizure in one of the world's biggest narcotics-producing regions hauled in 43 million meth tablets worth nearly $100 million in Myanmar

Foreign military attaches check drugs in a football ground where seized drugs, vehicles, laboratory accessories and precursor chemicals are being displayed to be witnessed by invited military attaches and journalists in Kawnghka at Shan State on March 6, 2020. - 97 million US dollar worth of drugs and related items were seized this year during a special operation held to crack down drugs trafficking, a military spokesperson said. (Photo by YE AUNG THU / AFP)

Angeles City cops seize P6.8-million shabu in buy-bust operation

Dec 28, 2019 - 2:50 PM

The suspect, Michael Balingit, is among the high-value targets in the campaign against illegal drugs in Angeles City

BUY-BUST. 13 plastics of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride were confiscated from the suspected pusher in Angeles City. Photo from Angeles City police

P6.5-M worth of shabu seized at Clark port

Dec 05, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The illegal drugs were hidden in a shipment of 'external aquarium filter' from the Czech Republic, says the Bureau of Customs-Port of Clark

SEIZED. Packs of shabu concealed in a shipment of aquarium filters were seized at the Port of Clark in Pampanga on November 27, 2019. Photo from Bureau of Customs

3 large meth labs dismantled in Mexico

Jun 05, 2019 - 3:49 PM

The 3 methamphetamine-producing labs are located in northwestern Sinaloa state, which a number of drug bosses use as a base, according to local police

DISMANTLING. A Sinaloa's state police officer works during the dismantling of a clandestine laboratory producing synthetic drugs, mainly methamphetamine in El Dorado, Sinaloa state, Mexico on June 4, 2019. Photo by Rashide Frias/AFP

Vietnam police seize a ton of meth stashed in loudspeakers

Apr 20, 2019 - 3:07 PM

The trucks hold 'extremely heavy' loudspeakers, which prompted suspicion when police found the drivers lack legal papers to transport the equipment

Myanmar police seize massive haul of meth pills

Mar 04, 2019 - 2:46 PM

Two different busts take place in the west of the country at the weekend, one in Magway region and one in Maungdaw in Rakhine state

MYANMAR METH BUST. This photo taken on January 11, 2019 shows a drug user user holding low-grade crystal meth tablets, known in Southeast Asia as "yaba", in Muse, Shan State, along Myanmar's border with China. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Thai cops kill smuggler in massive meth bust

Dec 07, 2018 - 8:03 PM

Thai cops kill an alleged smuggler and confiscate an estimated 15 million methamphetamine tablets

BUST. Packets of confiscated narcotics are stacked by Thai police before destroying them to mark the UN's International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking in Ayutthaya province on June 26, 2015. File photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Gordon cites 4 witnesses in contempt over absence at shabu probe

Nov 22, 2018 - 3:11 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says the witnesses, including dismissed cop Eduardo Acierto and sacked PDEA official Ismael Fajardo, face arrest if they skip the next Senate hearing

ABSENT. Senator Richard Gordon wants those involved in the probe into the P11 billion missing shabu brought to the Senate for the next hearing. Graphics by Ken Bautista; Photos by Angie de Silva, Ben Nabong, and Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PDEA seizes P544-M shabu in Pasay condo kitchen lab

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency nabs 5 Hong Kong nationals believed to be members of the 14K international drug syndicate operating in China and Hong Kong

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency raids a condominium unit allegedly used as a shabu laboratory by Hong Kong nationals in Pasay City on September 25, 2018. Around 80 kilos of shabu, 10 kilos of which are suspected liquid shabu placed in plastic containers, estimated with a street value of P544 million were confiscated by the raiding team. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Tackle graft, governance to stem 'Golden Triangle' meth trade – UNODC

May 21, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Worth an estimated $40 billion a year, huge volumes of meth pass through the Golden Triangle – a wedge of land which intersects China, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar – waved through by corrupt law enforcement and border controls

YABA. Yaba tablets which contain methamphetamine and caffeine. Image from Wikipedia page

Indonesia police seize over a ton of crystal meth on ship

Feb 20, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Indonesian police seize 1.6 tons of crystal methamphetamine on the ship, and are questioning 4 Taiwanese crew

Habal-habal driver in Negros Occidental yields P6.82M worth of drugs

Jan 24, 2018 - 8:35 PM

The suspect, 29-year-old Christian Unabia, faces charges for sale and possession of illegal drugs

Myanmar makes record drug bust with 30 million meth pills

Jan 18, 2018 - 5:40 PM

In addition to the meth tablets, the authorities find 502 kilograms (1,104 pounds) of heroin and 1,750 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, bringing the total estimated value to $54 million

Australia seizes 1.2 tons of meth in its largest ever bust

Dec 22, 2017 - 2:04 PM

Commonly known as 'ice' in the country, the massive haul was intercepted after being offloaded from a boat which authorities believe came from China.

'ICE'. Australian authorities successfully execute their biggest drug operation. Photo from the Australian Federal Police

P1.5 million worth of shabu seized in Tawi-Tawi

Nov 21, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Suspect Badang Awal Abdul, 40, is temporarily detained at the Bongao Municipal Police Station jail

BUY-BUST. Recovered by PDEA and police operatives from Badang Awal Abdul of Bongao, Tawi-Tawi on Monday, November 20, 2017. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

P6-M shabu seized from Africans in Cavite entrapment

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:08 PM

The Nigerian nationals, who are residents of Parañaque, has operated in the Bicol region and other provinces in Calabarzon

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Shabu lab found in Chinese-owned mining site in Cagayan

May 19, 2017 - 2:04 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says chemicals and equipment used in manufacturing shabu were found in the Aparri mining site of Huaxia Mining and Trading Corporation

SHABU LAB. Authorities discover a shabu lab in a mining site in Aparri town, Cagayan, on May 18, 2017. Photo courtesy of PDEA

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P11M in drugs hidden in coconuts seized in Negros Oriental jail

May 09, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The coconuts were apparently altered or had their coconut water drained leading to the discovery of about P11 million in suspected shabu following an inspection

DRUGS IN COCONUTS. P11 million worth of illegal drugs were hidden inside the coconuts as it was tried to be smuggled inside a jail in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. Photo courtesy of BJMP-Dumaguete City BJMP

Rappler Talk: Dr. Carl Hart on drug war and public health

May 08, 2017 - 11:15 AM

Neuropharmacologist Dr Carl Hart debunks prevalent myths on drug use and the human brain

Shabu shrinks brains? Drug abuse expert debunks 'myth'

May 06, 2017 - 10:24 AM

The data simply isn’t there says renowned neuroscientist Dr Carl Hart who studies what drugs do to humans

Thai cops seize millions of meth pills

Feb 18, 2017 - 8:39 PM

Following a dramatic car chase Thai police finds 3 4 million meth tablets and 20 kilograms of ice – a purer form of methamphetamine – in the truck of one arrested Thai national

Thai drug police make record crystal meth bust

Dec 16, 2016 - 6:02 PM

The haul of high grade meth better known as ice has a street value of around 40 million the Narcotics Suppression Bureau NSB says in a statement

PNP on lookout for more shabu labs in Bicol

Dec 01, 2016 - 6:17 PM

Chief Superintendent Melvin Buenafe says they do not discount the possibility of other existing shabu laboratories in other provinces of Bicol

SHABU-MAKING MATERIALS. Forensic official Josephine Clemen of PNP Crime Lab shows off several drums of ephedrine hydrochloride used for shabu manufacturing discovered anew during the investigation. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Taiwanese tour guide arrested in Boracay drug bust

Nov 17, 2016 - 10:06 PM

Police identify the drug suspect as 54 year old Wei Tang Yao alias Julian a resident of 163 Lane Shang Cheng Street in Taipei Taiwan He was temporarily staying at Sitio Bulabog in Barangay Balabag

Equipment for shabu mass-production seized in Pampanga

Sep 22, 2016 - 9:07 PM

Quoting crime laboratory officers Senior Supt Rodolfo Recomono Jr says the apparatus found inside the illegal drugs laboratory can produce 100 kilos or more shabu per day

SHABU LAB. PDEA chemists and personnel inspect the industrial distillation setup. Photo by Jun Malig.

Olongapo court metes life term to drug syndicate leader, 5 others

Sep 09, 2016 - 2:17 PM

Filipino Chinese Albert Sijuela Chin is believed to have links to Chinese drug syndicates

Chinese nationals nabbed at Pampanga shabu lab

Sep 08, 2016 - 9:00 AM

During the raid the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the police seize some two kilograms of shabu which has an estimated street value of P6 million

Big stash of shabu ingredient seized in Northern Luzon

Aug 06, 2016 - 5:18 PM

Initial findings of the PNP Crime Laboratory show that the ethyl ether found in the Apayao Cagayan border may be worth P1 9 billion if used in making shabu

SHABU INGREDIENT. Authorities recover 14 gallons of ether, an essential ingredient of shabu, in Sta Marcela, Apayao. If used, this could produce about P1.9 billion worth of shabu. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Chinese 'drug lord' nabbed in Angeles City

Aug 06, 2016 - 8:04 AM

PDEA agents find 30 kilos of shabu with a street value of P100 million in the rented house of Yiye Chen The person who tipped off authorities on the operation will get a P5 million reward from President Rodrigo Duterte

SEIZED. A PDEA agent inspects the shabu seized from the residence of Yiye Chen (seated). Jun A. Malig/

2 Kalibo airport employees fired for drug abuse

Jun 15, 2016 - 1:24 PM

Civil aviation authorities say the random drug test was conducted on 125 regular employees of the Kalibo International Airport

P1.125B worth of liquid meth seized in latest raid

Jun 01, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Raids yielding huge amounts of illegal drugs have become frequent since President elect Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his tough stance against illegal drugs

INCB: Perang terhadap narkotika jangan membabi-buta

Mar 03, 2016 - 10:59 PM

Zat psikotropika yang dibutuhkan oleh dunia medis harus tetap ada

Barang bukti alat hisap narkoba dihadapkan bersama para tersangka pemakai narkoba di Makodam I/Bukit Barisan, di Medan, Sumatera Utara, Sabtu, 20 Februari 2016. Foto oleh Irsan Mulyadi/ANTARA

HK drug lord sentenced to death in Indonesia for smuggling crystal meth

Nov 14, 2015 - 3:14 PM

Wong Chi ping is accused of smuggling 860 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia

DEATH SENTENCE. Hong Kong drug lord Wong Chi Ping, wearing a balaclava while sitting next to boxes containing some of the 860 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine he was arrested for smuggling into Indonesia. Photo by AFP

Thai police arrest 4 Japanese men over drugs, bribery

Oct 24, 2015 - 3:57 PM

An undercover police agent buys 2 3 kilos of methamphetamine from one of the 4 accused leading to their arrest

ARRESTED. Police arrests the 4 suspects, aged between 34 and 50, on Friday, October 23.

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Meth seizures quadruple across much of Asia-Pacific

May 26, 2015 - 2:34 PM

Between 2008 and 2013 crystal meth seizures doubled from 7 to around 14 tons But meth tablet seizures grew eightfold from 30 million tablets in 2008 to more than 250 million in 2013

ICE. Crystal methamphetamine, also known as ICE, which was smuggled in to Australia in counterfeit products, is shown in a drug testing lab in Sydney, Australia, 08 April 2015. Photo by Nikki Short/EPA

Drug groups tap persons with HIV as couriers

May 01, 2015 - 10:45 PM

Drug syndicates think that tapping an HIV positive foreign courier will result in repatriation to the country of origin rather than arrest

China detains 15 South Koreans for smuggling drugs

Dec 31, 2014 - 8:39 PM

Authorities have mounted a high profile crackdown on drug use in recent months detaining a number of celebrities including the son of kung fu superstar Jackie Chan

N.Z. drug accused held in Bali a dating scam victim: family

Dec 06, 2014 - 9:46 AM

His son says he was heading to Bali to see a woman he met on an Internet dating site and she made all his travel arrangements

Antony Glen De Malmanche of New Zealand sits as evidence is placed next to him by customs security during a press conference at the customs office in Denpasar on Bali island on December 5, 2014. De Malmanche was arrested on December 1 carrying 1709 grams of methamphetamine in his bag at Bali International Airport. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA

New Zealand man arrested in Bali for drug smuggling

Dec 05, 2014 - 7:45 PM

The 52 year old faces the death penalty after officials found 1 7 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine hidden inside his backpack

Antony Glen De Malmanche of New Zealand sits as evidence is placed next to him by customs security during a press conference at the customs office in Denpasar on Bali island on December 5, 2014. De Malmanche was arrested on December 1 carrying 1709 grams of methamphetamine in his bag at Bali International Airport. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA

Meth found inside teddy bear in NAIA

Jul 05, 2014 - 6:53 PM

It is the first time for Customs authorities to find illegal drugs concealed in a teddy bear

Myanmar, Thailand burn $400 million of seized drugs

Jun 26, 2014 - 10:17 PM

But the United Nations warns that opium production was on the rise in the region with nearly 60 000 hectares of land in Myanmar being used for opium poppy cultivation

DRUG PRODUCTION. A Myanmar soldier walks in between two poppy flowers while destroying opium poppies January 15, 2000 during a narcotics crop destruction in Lwe San Sone Range. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel DUNAND

7 shot dead in massive Davao drug raid

Feb 21, 2014 - 4:23 PM

At least 35 people are arrested

DRUG RAID. A 200-person team raided a suspected drug den, killing 7 and arresting at least 35 in the process.

PH boosts efforts to probe Mexican drug cartel

Dec 27, 2013 - 7:29 PM

The cartel s leader is the most powerful criminal on the planet Forbes says

POLICE HQ. The Philippine National Police on Thursday announced the arrest of 3 people allegedly connected to a Mexican drug cartel. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP 7 Sept 2011

PH arrests 3 linked to Mexico drug cartel

Dec 26, 2013 - 3:43 PM

Two Filipinos and one Filipino Chinese were arrested in a raid on Wednesday in Lipa City after weeks of intelligence operations by local and US anti narcotics personnel

POLICE HQ. The Philippine National Police on Thursday announced the arrest of 3 people allegedly connected to a Mexican drug cartel. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP 7 Sept 2011

Australia seizes $189-M China meth haul

Oct 11, 2013 - 10:02 AM

Australian police nearly US 190 million in methamphetamine concealed in the tires of a truck from China

METH BUST. Australian police seized US$189 million in methamphetamine hidden in the tires of a truck from China.

'Breaking Bad' finale tops ratings, downloads

Oct 02, 2013 - 12:45 PM

10 3 million viewers 500 000 illegal downloads; Australia leads Top 10 in online piracy Philippines at No 8

FINALE. 'All bad things must come to an end.' Photo from the show's Facebook

Thai police seize nearly 1-M meth pills

Aug 18, 2013 - 2:28 PM

3 men and a woman all from Chiang Mai province were arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling

Police arrest 6 in major drug haul at Subic port

Aug 11, 2013 - 7:31 PM

Police seized about 46 million worth of methamphetamine