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5 nabbed in Quezon drug bust

LUCENA CITY, Philippines  – Police arrested three suspected “shabu” (crystal meth) peddlers and two alleged drug users in a buy-bust operation in Candelaria town in Quezon province before midnight Thursday.

Suspects Melinda Calapini, 44; Jose Panganiban, 59; and George Panganiban, 30, were arrested after they sold shabu to an undercover police officer in a transaction in Barangay (village) San Isidro around 11:35 p.m., Colonel Audie Madrideo, Quezon police chief, said in a report.

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Suspected drug users Felipe Cumal, 45, and Fejy Dilima, 31, were reportedly caught while buying shabu from the suspects during the operation.

Police tagged Calapini as a former detainee who was facing drug pushing charges but was released following a plea bargaining agreement with the court.

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Police seized from the five suspects six plastic sachets of shabu weighing 4.46 grams worth P30,328 at the prevailing price of P6,800 per gram in the locality.

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