Policemen arrested a Malaysian businessman for trading illegal drugs and agarwood through a buy-bust operation on Saturday in Dolores, Eastern Samar.
The Philippine National Police regional office here identified the suspect as Lee Kuok Tiing, 44, married, a resident of Sarawak, Kuching, Malaysia.
The suspect, categorized as a high-value target, has been in Eastern Samar for several days, introducing himself as a tourist, according to a police report released to reporters on Monday.
The joint police operative from Dolores town, police provincial office, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency launched the buy-bust operation around 1:55 p.m. on Saturday in Barangay (village) 2 in Dolores town.
Seized from the suspect are two heat-sealed plastic sachets containing shabu with an estimated value of PHP5,000, a half kilo pack of agarwood with a market value of PHP50,000.
Agarwood is a fragrant dark resinous wood and is used as incense, perfume ingredient, and also in small carvings. Agarwood forms when such trees as Lapnisan and Lanete become infected with a type of mold.
Also recovered from him are PHP6,670 cash, Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)115 bills, a power bank, a mobile phone; two weighing scales; three lighters, a sling bag, and assorted documents.
The suspect is now facing charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines.
Source: Philippines News Agency