Philippines military: Drugs found in Marawi

Government forces display 11kg worth 110 to 250 million pesos ($2.2 to $5 million) of high-grade methamphetamine hydrochloride 'Shabu' and the IS flag recovered by troops from the Maute group in a conflict area in Marawi City on Monday. (Reuters photo)

MARAWI CITY, PHILIPPINES - The military found methamphetamine worth between $2 million to $5 million while clearing rebel positions in besieged Marawi City, officials said on Monday, boosting suspicions Islamist militants are being funded by the narcotics trade.

The 11 bags of shabu, the local name for methamphetamine, were recovered on Sunday along with four assault rifles in the kitchen of a two-storey concrete house believed to be occupied by fighters from the Maute militant group.

"This strengthens our findings that these terrorists are using illegal drugs," Maj Gen Carlito Galvez, military commander of western Mindanao, said in a statement.

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