5 ‘HVTs’ sell P1.3M shabu to undercover cops, nabbed

FIVE ‘high-value targets’ in Eastern Visayas and Western Mindanao are now in jail after they were arrested by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for conspiring to sell some P1.2 million worth of shabu to  undercover officers last Saturday and Sunday, PDEA chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino said yesterday.

The official said that two of the five identified as Corazon Cabajog and Jennilyn Magbutay yielded 14 pieces of heat-sealed plastic sachets containing some 55 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ valued at nearly P400,000 during the sting in Barangay Capoocan in Calbayog City at 11 a.m. Sunday.

According to the official, members of the PDEA Regional Office VII arrested the duo following weeks of surveillance.

The other three identified as Diogracio Teves, Ismael Alauya and Samsoden Acmad were arrested during a buy-bust operation in Zamboanga del Sur which resulted in the recovery of an estimated P720,000 worth of shabu last Saturday.

Aquino said that a cohort of the three identified as Muhsin Dansalan was killed while trading shots with the officers in Barangay Pag-asa in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. The slain suspect yielded a loaded caliber .38 revolver, the marked money and four plastic sachets containing around 55 grams of shabu worth P374,000.