Authorities seize P7.1-M suspected shabu in Caloocan buy-bust ops

Robie de Guzman   •   June 26, 2019   •   1011

Courtesy : NCRPO

About one kilogram of suspected shabu (cystal meth) with an estimated value of P7.1 million was seized by the police from a teen suspect in a buy-bust operation conducted in Caloocan City on Wednesday morning.

Authorities identified the suspect as 18-year old Jaymark Mercene, alias Mac-Mac/Kapre.

Operatives from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), Caloocan City Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted the operation around 1 a.m. at a motel in Rizal Avenue in Caloocan.

NCRPO Regional Director Major General Guillermo Eleazar said they launched the operation after receiving confirmation that Mercene was inside the motel.

The buy-bust in Caloocan was a follow-up of a previous anti-drug operation conducted in Parañaque last week.

Eleazar said Mercene was allegedly a trusted accomplice of Edgardo Mongado Jr., who is said to be the head of a criminal gang operating in Metro Manila and nearby towns.

Recovered from Mercene were marked money and bags of shabu wrapped in Chinese tea bags, similar to those seized by authorities in previous anti-drug operations.

“Kami’y naniniwala na kasama ito doon sa batch na ipinasok doon na ngayon ay ating nakukuha. But you can just imagine kung ito ay napakarami na kumalat na sa iba’t ibang lugar natin,” Eleazar said.

The police official said they are now conducting a follow-up operation to trace the connections of the criminal gang.

Mercene will face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Police seize P204-million suspected shabu in Pasig City condominium

Robie de Guzman   •   September 17, 2019

30 kilograms of illegal drugs sealed in Chinese tea packets confiscated by authorities in Pasig City on September 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Some P204-million worth of suspected shabu (crystal meth) were confiscated by authorities during a raid on a rented condominium unit in Pasig City on Monday.

Joint operatives of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) stormed the condominium unit in Barangay Rosario at past 7 p.m. following information that this was being used as a warehouse for illegal drugs.

Authorities nabbed a suspect, identified as Manolito Lugo Carlos alias “Lito” and “Tonge,” who was allegedly working for a detainee at the New Bilibid Prisons.

He acts as the main distributor of the said illegal drugs in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

“Tayo’y naniniwala na wala namang droga sa loob ng Bilibid. Walang droga doon unlike doon sa mga impormasyon or mga revelation before. Pero just the same, doon pa rin nanggagaling ang utos, ang mga order kung saan, kailan, kanino, paano dadalhin, idi-distribute–saan kukunin itong mga items, saan dadalhin itong mga items,” NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said.

Recovered from the suspect was a total of 30 kilograms of illegal drugs sealed in Chinese tea packets which were similar to illegal drugs confiscated by authorities in previous operations.

The arrested suspect, who was brought to the NCRPO office, will face charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

P3M suspected shabu seized in Taguig buy-bust

Robie de Guzman   •   September 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – More than P3 million worth of suspected shabu (crystal meth) was seized by authorities in a buy-bust operation conducted in Taguig City, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said Thursday (Sept 12).

PDEA said the illegal drugs, weighing half a kilogram with an estimated value of P3.4 million, was confiscated from two drug suspects identified as Aijo Dinglasan Akaoka alias Noel and Christian Reyes Aguilar.

Also recovered from the suspects were sets of identification cards and two mobile phones that were used in their transactions.

PDEA said they launched the buy-bust operation at the village of Ususan at past 5 p.m. Wednesday after several days of surveilling the suspects’ activities.

Arrested suspects will face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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PNP continues to monitor proliferation of illegal numbers games

Maris Federez   •   August 12, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday (August 12) announced that it is continuously monitoring the proliferation of illegal numbers games in the country.

PNP Spokesperson BGen. Bernard Banac said they had arrested several personalities that are still operating STL, such as jueteng, in Laguna and in Metro Manila despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to stop such operation.

“May ilan na nahuling STL bettors ang Laguna PPO at NCRPO kamakailan, kahit sarado na ang operations ng STL. [The Laguna PPO and the NCRPO had recently arrested several STL bettors, even though STL operations had been stopped],” Banac said.

The PNP is appealing to the public to report to the authorities in case they hear of Jueteng draws still being done in their respective communities. (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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