PDEA seizes over P4-M shabu in Taguig

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 20, 2019   •   3874

Three drug suspects who were arrested after authorities found them in possession of P4.7 million worth of shabu concealed inside 700-grams of Chinese tea bags.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives seized P4.7 million worth of shabu on Sunday (May 19) in Taguig City. Three drug suspects were arrested.

According Levi Ortiz, director of PDEA Special Enforcement Unit, a confidential informant reported about an illegal drug transaction.

The informant said suspects, Rosnia Minalang Cauntongan, Junaila Alilang Maruhom, and Lina Ahmad Grande concealed the illegal drugs inside 700-grams of Chinese tea bags.

After the report, authorities immediately conducted a buy-bust operation. However, they were not able to arrest another suspect who was able to escape.

Manhunt continues for the said suspect.—(with reports 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.)

Drug recycling still rampant in PH – PDEA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 16, 2019

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) director general Aaron Aquino admitted on Monday that drug recycling remains rampant in the Philippines amid the government’s ongoing war against illegal drugs.

Aquino made the admission when he faced senators to defend PDEA’s proposed P2.497-billion budget for 2020.

The PDEA chief said unscrupulous agents of the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies are commonly involved in drug recycling.

“Ang usual na nagiging modus when they seized drugs maybe half of that will be surrendered yun ang ipalalabas nila na yun lang ang na seized nila. The other ones are being kept for future operations or the worst of it is they sell the drugs,” Aquino said.

“Pwedeng pang-plant sir or all other kinds of preparations,” he further stated in response to Senator Panfilo Lacson’s question on whether these illegal drugs are also used in planting evidence in anti-drug operations.

Aquino also revealed they are currently pursuing a female drug lord who has been buying confiscated drugs from government agents.

“Mayroon tayong drug queen dito sa Manila na ginagawa lang ay bumibili ng drugs coming from law enforcement agencies… ‘Pag pumunta ka doon… nagbebenta ka kahit 10 to 20 kilo benta mo, no questions asked bibilhin nila kahit magkano presyo,” he said.

He, however, refused to name the said female drug lord.

“I-neutralize muna naming ang drug queen na ito,” he said.

Following Aquino’s revelation, Lacson said the use of body cameras during anti-drug operations should become mandatory to prevent such incidents.

“When you join the operation at hindi nag-function ang body cam, dapat may automatic sanction, medyo puro alibi ang technical problem,” he said.

Aquino also said that high-profile drug convicts inside the national penitentiary are still involved in illegal drug trading.

“Mayroon kaming taped conversation with a drug lord inside the Bucor, by kilo sir, initially sir she is asking if how much is 10 kilos at sabi ng drug lord, he can give it at P1.3 million per kilo,” he said.

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has urged Aquino to present a detailed report and evidence to support his claims.

“Mahirap ‘yung puro lang tayo can door wala tayong leg to stand sa ganung accusation. Sana mayroon kang report para masabi natin sino yang pulis na nagre-recycle para I will call the attention of the chief PNP,” he said.

Meanwhile, PDEA also raised concern over the P22 billion worth of confiscated illegal drugs that are yet to be destroyed as these are still being used as court evidence.

Lacson said they will invite Supreme Court officials to the next hearing on Monday to discuss the matter.

“We will plead with the Supreme Court to put down judges who refuse to abide by the law that within 72 hours kailangan masira na ang mga drugs na na-confiscate,” he said. RRD (with details from Correspondent Grace Casin)

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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