P6.8-M worth of shabu seized, 3 nabbed in Manila drug bust
Robie de Guzman • June 10, 2019 • 2366
MANILA, Philippines – Police seized P6.8 million worth of shabu from three drug suspects nabbed in a buy-bust operation in Manila on Monday.
The operation was conducted at past 1 a.m. along Osmeña Road and Vito Cruz Street in Manila by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Regional Drug Enforcement Unit, Manila Police District Station 6 and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-NCR.
The suspects, identified as Rudy Kidlat, Mark Anthony Alcantara, and Rona Valenzuela, are allegedly connected to a Chinese criminal group operating in Metro Manila and Cavite province.
The suspects were placed under surveillance for more than a month, according to the NCRPO.
Authorities confiscated 1,000 grams of shabu and a vehicle allegedly used in the delivery of illegal drugs.
Arrested suspects will face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized P6.8 million worth of suspected shabu in Tagaytay City on Thursday (February 20).
Authorities seized around one kilo of shabu from male suspect, Suwaib Minalang.
PDEA said the suspect’s mode of operation is to deliver the illegal drugs to the houses of their customers.
“Sa tingin namin marami pang sinusuplayang area ito, kung saan magkasundo dadalhin nila iyan (we think they are supplying more areas where they will agree to deliver [the drugs]),” according to PDEA Region 4A Acting Director IAV Melvin Estoque.
Estoque also said the suspects had been previously arrested in 2018 for selling illegal drugs in Laguna but was released due to the plea bargaining agreement.
PDEA will conduct profiling to determine which batch and country of origin the seized illegal drugs came from.—AAC (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)
Two men were arrested by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) after they were caught selling illegal drugs in Mandaluyong City on Thursday (February 20).
A member of PDEA posed as a buyer and, after confirming the illegal activity, authorities arrested Mark Kenneth San Juan and Jeffrey Saclao.
Authorities seized 26 syringes of suspected liquid shabu with an estimate of P52,000. They also seized one sachet of suspected shabu worth around P13,600.
According to PDEA Spokesperson Derrick Carreon, the suspects are also selling drugs online based on their social media accounts.
Carreon also said the suspects target the youth using social media. He also warned about the negative effects of using drugs.
“So, maaari po talagang mangyari sa inyo ang mga hindi kanais-nais na mga bagay apart from the fact na it leads to (Bad things can happen to you apart from the fact that it leads to) the spread of several infectious diseases,” he said.
PDEA has taken custody of the two suspects and will face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. —AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
MANILA, Philippines – Bureau of Customs (BOC) operatives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) arrested a Thai national for allegedly attempting to smuggle into the country P28 million worth of shabu (crystal meth).
The BOC said the passenger, identified as Pakjira Janwong, was arrested around 3 a.m. Monday upon arrival at the NAIA Terminal 3 from Bangkok, Thailand.
An X-ray screening of the passenger’s luggage revealed the presence of the illegal drugs weighing 4.125 kilograms.
When subjected to physical examination, Customs personnel found white crystalline substances concealed under a false bottom lining which later tested positive for methamphetamine hydrochloride through a field test.
The suspect and the seized drugs were turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for further investigation.
The bureau said Janwong will face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, and the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
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