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2 alleged Chinese ‘triad’ members nabbed

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 19:19:00 11/17/2008

Filed Under: Illegal drugs, Crime

MANILA, Philippines?Two alleged members of a Chinese drug ring have been arrested by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Director General Dionisio Santiago said on Monday.

In a press conference, Santiago presented before the media Romeo Peñaflorida Villaroman Jr. and Andrew Pontaniel Lucena, both suspected members of the Chinese Triad International Drug Group.

The two were arrested Friday after a PDEA agent posed as a buyer in a buy bust operation, Santiago said. They tried to sell two plastic sachets containing 34 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) amounting to P340,000, based on Dangerous Drug Board (DDB) value, he added.

Also recovered from Villaroman and Lucena were identification cards, a Llama .45 pistol, one blue Honda City and a Blue Yamaha motorcycle.

Major Valentino Lopez, chief of PDEA-CRU, said the two suspects were targeting mostly college students and middle income individuals.

?We conducted three weeks surveillance,? Lopez told the media. ?Transactions are usually done in hotels.?

The two are facing charges for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165 (Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002). They were submitted for inquest last November 15 at the Quezon City Prosecutor?s Office represented by Assistant City Prosecutor Arleen Tagaban, Santiago said.



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