Philippines seizes huge drugs stash, arrests Chinese

Philippines seizes huge drugs stash, arrests Chinese

FILE PHOTO: Veiled protesters, mostly relatives of victims of alleged extra-judicial killings, display placards during a protest outside the Philippine military and police camps, following a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution in Geneva that included calls for greater scrutiny in the country in President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called war on drugs, July 17, 2019 in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. (AP file photo)
FILE PHOTO: Veiled protesters, mostly relatives of victims of alleged extra-judicial killings, display placards during a protest outside the Philippine military and police camps, following a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution in Geneva that included calls for greater scrutiny in the country in President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called war on drugs, July 17, 2019 in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. (AP file photo)

MANILA: Philippine police have arrested a suspected Chinese drug trafficker and seized from him one of this year's largest stashes of illegal drugs.

Police say more than 370 kilogrammes of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of more than 2.5 billion pesos (1.5 billion baht) were discovered in the in suburban Makati city apartment of Liu Chao, who was arrested.

National police spokesman Brig Gen Bernard Banac said Wednesday that two Filipinos allegedly working as Liu's drug dealers were later separately arrested with 17 more than kilogrammes of methamphetamine.

Thousands of drug suspects have died in purported clashes with police under President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug crackdown. The campaign has drawn international condemnation.


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