13 drug suspects yield P600K ‘shabu’ in series of anti-drug ops
MANILA, Philippines — Anti-narcotics operatives have arrested 13 drug suspects and confiscated around P600,000 worth of crystal meth or “shabu” in a series of anti-illegal drugs operation conducted in the cities of Caloocan, Valenzuela, Las Piñas, and Parañaque, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said Thursday.
In a statement, NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Felipe Natividad said that officers from Caloocan City Police Station conducted “Oplan Galugad” on Thursday, which led to the arrest of three suspects identified as Charlie Cortez, 31, June Christian Rivera, 27, and Glenn Batucan, 35.
Confiscated from the three suspects were about 25 grams of suspected shabu with an estimated worth of P448,800, the NCRPO said.
Meanwhile, Valenzuela police arrested two suspects around 4:40 a.m along Anak Dalita St., Marulas, Valenzuela City. Officials identified the suspects as Pepito Pacaol, 46, and Florentino Mercado, 21.
Seized from the two were approximately 7 grams of suspected shabu worth P47, 600.
The NCRPO also reported that following an operation held at Pulo Village, Brgy Talon 4, Las Piñas City, operatives of Las Piñas Police Station arrested three more suspects identified as Noel Magpili, 42, Kako Mohamad, 39, and Christian Cruz, 27.
Recovered from the suspects’ possession were three pieces of P100 bill used as buy-bust money and over 13.2 grams of suspected shabu with a street value of P89,760.
The NCRPO also noted that Parañaque City Police carried out a drug sting and apprehended five drug suspects identified as Mark Ronald Domingo, 33, Jen Pando, 39, Franco Floyd Mauricio, 37, Victor Faller Sison, 58, and Fretch Callano Dela Peña, 35, all residents of Parañaque City.
Retrieved pieces of evidence from the suspects were seven small-sized plastic sachets of alleged shabu with an estimated weight of three grams valued at P20,400.
Concealed pieces of evidence were taken to the appropriate forensic unit for chemical analysis. At the same time, all apprehended suspects are held in the custody of their arresting units while charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, are being readied against them, according to NCRPO.
Natividad also reminded the general public that the police authorities remain on the lookout regarding these criminal activities to ensure public safety.
“I commend our men on the ground for the continued fulfillment of their duties. Your police force remains on guard and we will never allow these lawless elements to continue their nefarious activity,” Natividad said.
“We will carry on to curb all forms of criminality as well as ensure the safety and protection of the public,” he added. – Jericho Zafra, INQUIRER.net intern
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