3 HVT drug suspects with P6.8M shabu nabbed

Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar
NCRPO director Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar inspects part of the P6.8 million worth of shabu seized by his men from three suspected “high-value” drug targets arrested in Mandaluyong City.

THREE suspected high-value drug targets in Metro Manila and Rizal province and linked to convicted drug lord Amin Boratong were arrested by agents of the National Capital Region Police Office after they conspired to sell a kilo of shabu worth P6.8 million during a buy-bust operation Monday night in Mandaluyong City.

NCRPO director Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar identified the suspects as Raihana Pontino, Aliola Sultan and Jassir Panggaga who were arrested in a buy-bust operation on Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City, at around 11:25 p.m.

Recovered from the suspects were five plastic packets each containing 100 grams of shabu, 10 plastic sachets each containing 50 grams of shabu, the P800,000 worth of boodle money topped by several marked P1,000 bills and a silver gray Toyota Revo which they used to transport the dangerous drugs.

Eleazar said the five plastic packets containing a total of 500 grams of shabu were the ones sold by the suspects to an undercover officer while the rest of the drugs were found inside their vehicle.

The official said that the suspects have been the target of several anti-narcotics operations in Pasig City in the past although they managed to escape arrest.

“The three are very elusive drug dealers who were finally caught due to our continuous intelligence build-up,” Eleazar said.

The NCRPO chief described the three as members of a drug trafficking syndicate connected to the group of Amin Imam Boratong, the convicted operator of the infamous shabu ‘tiyangge’ in Pasig City which was busted by PNP operatives on February 10, 2006.

Eleazar said they have information that Boratong has managed to continue his illicit drug activities while serving his jail term at the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City.

Last May, police served a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Divina Gracia Lopez-Pelino of the Pasig City Regional Trial Court Branch 167 against Boratong at the NBP. The warrant was issued after the Court of Appeals ordered the same court to resume the trial of the money-laundering case filed against Boratong.