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PDEA chief insists magnetic lifters stuffed with shabu

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, August 31st, 2018

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino, who skipped the hearing two weeks ago, was compelled to attend the resumption of the House inquiry on the alleged P6.8B shabu smuggling on Thursday (August 30).

He insisted that the four magnetic lifters found in Cavite were stuffed with about a ton of “missing” methampetamine or “shabu”.

The containers were discovered a day after P2.4-B worth of shabu was seized in similar containers at the Manila International Container Port.

The containers tested negative for traces of illegal drugs but Aquino said the agency’s K9 unit who detected illegal substances on the lifters can never go wrong.

“I can challenge everyone here. Maglalagay ako ng isang karton dyan maglagay tayo ng bomb dog. Pag umupo ang bomb dog sino ang malakas ang magsabi na alugin ang kahon (I will bring a box in here and a bomb-sniffing dog. If the dog sits beside it, who among you is brave enough to shake the box and check)? If you don’t believe in K9 then do it,” dared Aquino.

Party-list solon Antonio Tinio is convinced that indeed, illegal drugs were stuffed into the magnetic lifters.

“Very clear na yung pagpasok nung mga magnetic ng dalawang batch ng magnetic lifter ay iisa lang ang mga responsable dyan kasi nga yung ang ebidensya iisa yung warehouse na destination dapat nung dalawang shipment na ito,” said Tinio (It is very clear that only one party is responsible for the two batches of magnetic lifters that came into the country because both shipments were addressed to the same warehouse).

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) presented the thermal image of the four magnetic lifters to prove that those were empty, saying it is not unusual to have hollow portions in the lifters which are designed for the copper wires.

On Wednesday, authorities filed charges against four suspects in connection with the P2.4-billion  drug haul in Manila Port. – Cathy Maglalang | UNTV News & Rescue

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P6.8-M worth of shabu seized, 3 nabbed in Manila drug bust

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2019

Courtesy : NCRPO

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.

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Drug pusher with alleged links to a Chinese drug syndicate nabbed in Pateros

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A suspected drug pusher with alleged links to a Chinese drug syndicate was nabbed in Barangay Sta. Ana in Pateros on Tuesday evening (May 28).

The suspect, identified as Angelo Reyes, 65, was among the personalities on the police’s drug watchlist.

Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar said Reyes had been under surveillance due to his alleged connection with shabu trade in southern Metro Manila.

“The subject of the buy bust operation is one kilogram of shabu na ang usapan ay P1.5 million (which was priced for P1.5 million),” the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Regional Director said.

“But initially, dahil sa naging transaksyon ay na-consumate nga dito (But because of the transaction, it was consummated here so) we’re able to confiscate another 500 grams,” he added.

Authorities seized a total of one and a half kilos of shabu with an estimated street value of P10 million.

The NCRPO said Reyes has alleged links to a group of Chinese nationals operating a drug trade in the southern part of Metro Manila and in Laguna.

“Ito rin ang mga nakita na pinaglagyan doon sa ibang operations na malakihang trabaho ng PDEA at ng PNP,” Eleazar explained.

(These are similar containers to those confiscated in big time anti-drug operations of PDEA and the PNP.)

“So, we will be coordinating with PDEA para mabigyan natin sila ng impormasyon na siguradong makakatulong para matunton ‘yung mga koneksyon nitong ating naarestong suspek,” he added.

(So, we will be coordinating with PDEA to brief them of information which may help to track the connections of the arrested suspect.)

Reyes denied using illegal drugs though he admitted that he used to sell drugs to make ends meet.

“Namomorsyento lang kasi ako doon. Hindi naman ako talagang naggagaganoon, (I sell for commissions but I do not use drugs,)” he confessed.

The suspect will face charges for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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2 drug suspects nabbed in QC apartelle

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Two suspected drug peddlers were arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted at an apartelle in Cubao, Quezon City on Wednesday night.

Operatives of the Drug Enforcement Unit of the Quezon City Policy District launched the operation around 9 p.m. after receiving confirmation on the alleged drug activities inside the establishment involving the suspects.

After the illegal sale of drugs was executed, authorities then grabbed the suspects, identified as Edwind Oliveros, 43, and Justine Alegre, 41.

Police said Oliveros and Alegre were also caught in the act of using illegal substance while inside the apartelle.

Recovered from the suspects were 15 sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, worth P7,500, some drug paraphernalia, P500 marked money and two mobile phones that were possibly used by the suspects to contact their clients.

Oliveros and Alegre both denied the allegations but admitted to using shabu.

They will face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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