79-year-old Taiwanese with $168k worth of shabu nabbed in Manila

Drug paraphernalia and sachets of "Shabu", or methamphetamine, are pictured at a drug den in Manila, Philippines on Feb 13, 2017.
Drug paraphernalia and sachets of "Shabu", or methamphetamine, are pictured at a drug den in Manila, Philippines on Feb 13, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network) - A 79-year-old Taiwanese national was arrested by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives from the Calabarzon office for allegedly possessing a kilo of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) in a condominium in Manila early Tuesday.

Archie Grande, PDEA-Calabarzon director, said the suspect, Zhi Quan Wu, was nabbed in an entrapment operation in a condo unit in Malate, Manila after he sold 1,000 grams of shabu worth P6 million (S$168,226) to an undercover operative around 2am.

"The operation was the result of our case build-up using our assets after we received information on the illegal drug activities of the suspect," Grande said in a phone interview.

Grande tagged the suspect as a "high value target" in the government's intensified campaign against illegal drugs.

Grande said the Taiwanese national had been living in the country for almost 10 years."Allegedly, the suspect was a graduate of a military academy and was once a military captain," said Grande.

He now faces charges for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of RA 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.