PORTO PRINCESA CITY – Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Palawan on Tuesday found “shabu” (methamphetamine) worth more than P300,000 inside a package full of fried garlic.

The package was addressed to an individual in this city.

PDEA operatives arrest a man over “shabu” found inside a package of fried garlic in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on Tuesday, February 13, 2024. INQUIRENT ARCHIVES

The PDEA reported that it also arrested the recipient of the package, identified as Junar Gonzaga, during an operation on Malvar Street, San Miguel

Gonzaga received a package sent by mail from a certain Princess Acuña from the province of Laguna, according to the report.

Gonzaga was arrested in 2019 for another drug case and is currently on parole until October of this year after being released from prison in 2022.

Four plastic bags containing fried garlic were found inside the package, in which two sachets containing suspected shabu, weighing 54.55 grams and estimated street value at P370,800, were hidden and wrapped in black electrical tape.

PDEA operatives said they received information about the package sent by Acuña through Gonzaga's contact inside New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.

PDEA agents also said that El Chupa Pho tried to “fix” the problem with a P20,000 bribe in exchange for the items and Gonzaga’s release. PDEA did not provide additional details.

PDEA Palawan detained Gonzaga, who will face a charge of violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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