The agency believed that pushers were touting metamphetamine
as a wonder drug for weight loss.
''Since the early 1990s, metamphetamine
hydrochloride in the country was supplied by China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, until clandestine laboratories (started to sprout in many areas in the country),'' said Miguel Coronel, police director of the National Drug Enforcement and Prevention Coordinating Center.
Possession of illegal drugs is punishable by death under Philippine law, but the death penalty only applies to possession of more than 200 grams of metamphetamine
crystals or 40 grams or more of cocaine, heroin, opium or morphine.
Police allegedly found in her possession a sachet of suspected metamphetamine
hydrochloride or shabu.
9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 after small packs of metamphetamine
hydrochloride or shabu were also found in a pouch inside his house.
The suspects were arrested after selling three plastic bags containing 1,011.1 grams of shabu (metamphetamine
hydrochloride) to an agent along Centennial Road.
Ruiz, alias "Mahal," 52, married, a tricycle driver and known dealer of metamphetamine
hydrochloride or "shabu" in the city.
The Senate blue ribbon committee, which Gordon chairs, conducted on Tuesday its fifth inquiry on the shipment of 605 kilograms of shabu (metamphetamine
hydrochloride) that went past the inspection of the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
The charges stemmed from the two operations in Masbate last February 14 in which two laboratories manufacturing metamphetamine
hydrochloride or shabu were raided in Barangay Nursery and Barangay Tugba.
Police seized several high powered firearms, ammunition and six pieces of sachet contained 'shabu' (metamphetamine
hydrochloride) from Daharani, who was also killed in the operation.
The police confiscated about 11 sachets of suspected metamphetamine
hydrochloride, popularly known as shabu.
The said committee resumed the inquiry on the P6.4-billion worth of shipment of shabu (metamphetamine
hydrochloride) from China into the country.