The United States government lauds the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on January 29, 2018 for the seizure of approximately six kilograms of crystal methamphetamine or “shabu” from two persons allegedly involved in the importation of illegal drugs that were delivered to Cavite on the previous week before the seizure.
The US Embassy in Manila said in a statement that on January 24, their Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) provided PDEA and the Bureau of Customs (BoC) with the information about two parcels containing “shabu” which is on its way to the Philippines.
PDEA was able to intercept the parcels through the provided information and was able to seize approximately six kilograms of the shabu with an estimated value of R34 million. A follow-up operation on January 25 conducted by PDEA, a controlled delivery in Cavite was implemented and there were arrested two Filipino citizens for violating Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The successful operation was deemed by the US Embassy as part of the Philippine-US cooperation that eventually led to the drugs seizure and apprehension of suspects.
In a statement issued after their bilateral talks last ASEAN Summit on November, Trump and Duterte acknowledged that illegal drug use is a problem afflicting both the United States and the Philippines, and committed to sharing best practices in the areas of prevention; enforcement, including capacity-building and transparency in investigations; and rehabilitation.