(Col. Ponce Rogelio Peñones, Jr. and a scene of the crime operative check the five packs of shabu found in the abandoned speedboat. Photo by Johnny Reblando)
PALAUIG, Zambales – Joint elements of Zambales PNP and the 302nd Maritime Police recovered last September 6 an abandoned speedboat loaded with suspected shabu worth P89 million along the shoreline of Barangay Loc-loc here.
According to Zambales Police Provincial Office director Col. Ponce Rogelio Peñones, Jr., a call regarding the vessel was made to the Palauig Municipal Police Station by Locloc barangay chair Eddie Aurelio.
Initial investigation showed that the abandoned speedboat without markings carried five packs of approximately two kilos each of suspected shabu. Subsequent tests made by the Zambales Provincial Crime Laboratory Office proved that the substance weighing 10.5 kilos was indeed methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.
Further police investigation on the case is ongoing.