Some P1.656 billion worth of shabu were seized in a buy-bust operation conducted in Dasmariñas City, Cavite, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.
In a statement, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said the operation was jointly conducted by elements from the PNP, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
The PNP said the operation conducted in a parking lot in Barangay Salitran 2 along Aguinaldo Highway also resulted in the arrest of Wilfredo Blanco and Megan Lemon Pedroro, both are residents of Montalban, Rizal.
Seized were 240 kilos and the van reportedly being used by the suspects in the transportation of the illegal drugs.
Eleazar lauded police personnel and concerned law enforcement agencies for the successful operation.
“Muling nagbunga ang maayos na koordinasyon ng ating intelligence and law enforcement agencies matapos makakumpiska ulit tayo ng mahigit P1.6 billion na halaga ng shabu sa isang operasyon sa Dasmariñas, Cavite,” he said.
“I commend all the PNP personnel who took part in this operation as we take this as another motivation to work further in ensuring the safety of our kababayan, especially our youth, against the threat of illegal drugs,” he added.
The PNP said the operation in Dasmariñas City was part of the series of anti-drug operations that started with the confiscation of some P3.4 billion worth of shabu in Zambales, and more than P1 billion worth more of shabu in the follow-up operations in Bataan and Cavite.
The three separate operations last month were based on the coordination among the PNP, BOC, NICA and the AFP with the PDEA as the lead agency, it added.
“Hindi pa tapos ang laban sa iligal na droga subalit makakaasa ang ating mga kababayan na matindi na ang epekto ng ating mga operasyon sa mga sindikatong ito at lalo pa nating palalakasin ang ating kampanya upang tuluyang wakasan ang problemang ito,” Eleazar said.