Packets of the popular party drug, Ecstasy
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Almost P7.5 million worth of shabu and party drugs were seized by the joint forces of PDEA, Quezon City Police and Northern Police District Drug Enforcement Unit, Wednesday night, August 2, at Barangay Obrero, Tomas Morato.
Authorities arrested 34 –year-old Warren Calicdan and 21-year old live-in couple, Hazel Grace Lanugan and Rafael Tadoran after an operative posed as a buyer of party drug, Ecstasy.
Over 2,000 Ecstasy tablets; 200 Ecstasy capsules; 8 bottles of liquid Ecstasy and 100 grams of suspected shabu were recovered from the suspects.
National Capital Region Police Office Director PCSupt. Guillermo Eleazar said that majority of the trio’s customers are party goers and regular bar patrons.
“Itong distribution ng party drugs known sa atin sa may BGC area, Taguig area, Quezon City, along Tomas Morato, Timog Avenue kung saan may mga bars,” he said.
(These party drugs are distributed in the areas of BGC, Taguig and Quezon City along Tomas Morato, Timog Avenue where the bars are located.)
Authorities have intensified monitoring of similar organized crimes that source illegal drugs abroad and even ship them at times through popular courier companies.
“Pinapadala lang po galling sa ibang bansa (It is sent to us from another country),” said suspect, Hazel Grace Lanugan. “May magtetext po sa akin… na parating yung package,” she added.
The suspects will be facing charges for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs of 2002. — Reynante Ponte | UNTV News & Rescue