P183-M shabu found in abandoned car in Parañaque

By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

February 9, 2023, 11:31 am

<p><em>(Photo courtesy of Southern Police District)</em></p>

(Photo courtesy of Southern Police District)

MANILA – Police officers discovered 27 kilos of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of PHP183.6 million in an abandoned car in Parañaque City, the Southern Police District (SPD) reported on Thursday.

Citing the report of the Parañaque City Police, SPD director Brig. Gen. Kirby John Kraft said Mark Joseph Espinosa, barangay tanod (watchman) of Barangay Tambo, noticed an abandoned motor vehicle along Quirino Avenue corner M. Delos Santos Street around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Kraft said Espinosa requested police assistance from Parañaque City Police Tambo Substation around 2 a.m. Thursday to inspect the abandoned vehicle -- a red Toyota Innova with plate number CDI 9724.

Upon initial inspection, the police officers noted that all doors are closed but unlocked, all outside features of the vehicle were intact, all windows and windshield are medium-tinted but still visible inside and no sign of contraband was seen inside the vehicle.

Police officers also saw one brown backpack in the passenger seat, one box and one sack with still unknown contents.

After processing the scene, police found 27 vacuum-sealed tea bags containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu, a white sack, a white plastic, one Lazada box and some car registration documents.

Also found in the car were a photocopy of a birth certificate, two photocopies of a driver's license belonging to a certain Ma. Teresa Fernandez, a vaccination card belonging to a certain Patani Barauntong, and 37 pieces of PHP50 bill.

Kraft said the contraband was turned over to the SPD Forensic Unit.

Police officers are now tracking the whereabouts of the still unidentified male who was seen exiting the vehicle. (PNA)