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2 African Drug Syndicate members nabbed by PDEA in Cavite

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

 

Based on the intelligence report, the two African Drug Syndicate (ADS) members are allegedly involved in the wide distribution of shabu in Bicol Region and Calabarzon.

 

MANILA, Philippines — Eleven sachets of suspected shabu were confiscated by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in two Nigerians who are alleged members of African Drug Syndicate (ADS) in an entrapment operation in Bacoor, Cavite last Friday afternoon.

The sachets were hidden inside cellphone charger adapter.

However, only two of the 11 sachets contained shabu while others contained a chemical compound that was not classified as a dangerous drug based on the screening and confirmatory test made by PDEA.

“Ang assessment ng PDEA, indeed nagkakahirapan ng suplay ng shabu kaya nandadaya na ang mga tao, itong mga pusher,” said PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino.

(PDEA’s assessment reveals that supply of shabu is indeed getting harder to find that’s why pushers are forced to fake it.)

The suspects were identified as Agu Austin Chukwuebuka and Nkwocha Chimaobi.

They fully denied the allegations against them.

“I’m just a student. I don’t know anything about this,” said Chukwuebuka.

“I don’t know anything about the drug. This is my first time to see drugs. I don’t do any illegal business, I’m a student of course and I’m sponsored by my family,” said Chimaobi.

Based on the intelligence report, the two ADS members are allegedly involved in the wide distribution of shabu in Bicol Region and Calabarzon.

They are facing charges for violating Section 5 of Article 2 of Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The operatives found the two after apprehending suspected big-time drug lord, Olivia Encinas, as well as two other ADS members during the previous year. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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P3.4-M shabu seized in Manila mall drug bust

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018

 

Suspect Salahudin Takao Kendayo

 

MANILA, Philippines — A man was arrested by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for selling drugs inside a mall in Manila.

The suspect who hails from Cotabato was identified as Salahudin Tokao Kendayo.

Authorities conducted the buy-bust operation at the mall’s parking area where Kendayo was eventually arrested.

Five sachets of suspected shabu worth P3.4 million were confiscated from the suspect.

“Ang source niya ng drugs ay nanggaling pa sa Alabang and we are still verifying sa initial investigation namin na connected siya sa malaking grupo sa Mindanao na nagbabagsak din hindi lang sa Mindanao but dito sa Metro Manila,” said PDEA team leader operation Gregor Bugalin.

(He sources his drugs from Alabang and we are still verifying our initial investigation that he is connected to a bigger group in Mindanao that supplies drugs not only in Mindanao but also in Metro Manila.)

The suspect said he was just told to transport the drugs by his cousin who is an inmate at the Manila City Jail.

“Pumayag po ako kasi bago lang ako sa Manila tapos yun nga, wala pa akong mahanap na trabaho. Tumawag yung pinsan ko. Inutusan ako bibigyan daw ako ng 5,000,” said the suspect.

(I agreed to it because I’m new in Manila and I couldn’t find a job. My cousin called me up and said he’ll pay me 5,000 for the delivery.)

PDEA said the suspect had been under surveillance for two weeks.

A tip from an informant led to the discovery of the illegal operation Kendayo’s illegal operations.

“The suspect was previously arrested by the PNP in Tondo, Manila for violation of Section 11 Article 2 of RA 9165. Last May 22 he was released on bail,” said Bugalin.

Kendayo expressed regret over his decision to act as a drug mule.

“Natakot din po pero naisip ko sabi ko magkakapera na ko. Hindi ko na naisip na ikakasira pala ng buhay ko,” he said.

(I was also afraid to do it but thought of the money I would be receiving. It never occurred to me that it will ruin my life.)

The suspect is currently detained at PDEA headquarters and will be facing charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. — Victor Cosare

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PDEA eyeing local officials in Lanao del Sur ambush

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

 

A dead body of a PDEA agent in an ambush in Lanao del Sur | Screengrab from a video posted by Facebook user John Rajah

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is looking at two to three local officials as persons of interest in connection with the ambush of PDEA agents in Lanao del Sur last week.

The agency, however, declined to name these personalities.

“Ayon sa updates from the ground, may identified po tayong mga local politicians possibly involved in the incident and the investigation is focused on that,”
PDEA Chief Public Information Officer, Dir. Derrick Arnold Carreon said.

Other than PDEA, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has also launched an investigation into the incident.

The police escorts of the slain PDEA agents have been relieved from their posts for allegedly leaving behind the victims minutes before their ambush.

“So nag-utos si Police Director General Oscar Albayalde ng malalimang imbestigasyon kung bakit nag overtake yung sasakyan ng police escort just minutes bago natambangan ang ating mga kasamahan,” Carreon said.

PDEA believes that the arrest of high-value targets in the province is among the motives behind the attack.

“Marami po ang mga high value targets ang nahuli dun sa area among the most worthy noong September na kakatapos lamang ay yung pagkakaaresto sa isang provincial board member kasama ang ilan niya pang mga kasamahan na may posisyon din,” said Carreon.

Meanwhile, the Commission On Human Rights strongly condemned the attack against the PDEA agents.

The CHR Region 10 is conducting its own probe into the incident and has extended their condolences to the victims’ families.

CHR spokesperson Atty. Jacqueline de Guia said the incident proves that the culture of impunity has become rampant in our society.

The Commission also hopes that the government will be able to solve the culture of killings in the country.

De Guia reiterated that only the implementation of the rule of law and due process can put a stop to the cycle of violence and build a community that values each human life. — Benedict Samson

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Drug groups eyed in Lanao del Sur ambush on PDEA agents

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2018

Drug traders out for revenge may be behind the ambush of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents in Barangay Malna, Kapai Lanao del Sur last Friday, October 5, which killed five people and wounded two others.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PDG Oscar Albayalde said PDEA’s intensified operations in the province could easily set off revenge attacks against the agency.

“I gave instruction sa regional director doon to look into this deeply… meron na silang mga persons of interest dito. Meron silang grupong binabantayan not only the PDEA but also the Philippine National Police regional office natin,” Albayalde said.

He added that the five police escorts of the slain PDEA agents have been relieved from their posts.

Albayalde said the escorts’ van was initially behind the vehicle boarded by the agents, but overtook them minutes before it was gunned down

The police escorts were not able to respond immediately because they were carrying short firearms only.

PDEA Director General Usec. Aaron Aquino has earlier discounted the possibility of theft or terrorism as motives for the attack since the high caliber firearms, wallets and cellular phones of the slain agents were intact. — Lea Ylagan

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