This is a scene out of Breaking Bad.
A worker accidentally discovered six kilos of suspected shabu (methamphetamine) yesterday in Quezon City when he was digging for drainage. The police estimated that the suspected drugs would cost around PHP40 million (more than US$740,000).
Wow, talk about discovering a buried “treasure.”
According to a report from news show TV Patrol, a refrigerator repair shop employee named Ramil Barcelona unearthed the suspected drugs, which he initially thought were salt.
Barcelona dug up the area so that his workplace could have its own drainage. The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that when the hole was around a meter deep, the worker found a bag containing the white substance.
The discovery of the shabu came as a surprise to his employer Danilo Sibug, who reported it to barangay (village) chairperson Manuel Chua, who in turn called the police.
In an interview with TV Patrol, Sibug said that a hollow block manufacturer rented the place before they moved in. He has been renting the place for his repair shop for the past 10 years.
National Capital Region Police Office head Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar said: “We’re thinking that those were buried there so that they could be retrieved [by the owners] eventually. We will interview the tenants as well as the previous occupants of this area. They could provide leads to us.”
Manila Standard reported that Chief Superintendent Joselito Esquivel Jr. of the Quezon City Police District has ordered an investigation into the case. The police will also dig up a bigger area to check if there are other suspected drugs buried.
Let’s see if the police discover other hidden “treasures.”