HVT sells P61M shabu, arrested

A PHILIPPINE National Police Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG)-led operation in Quezon City on Wednesday evening resulted in the arrest of a ‘high-value target’ in the country after he sold nine kilos of shabu worth P61.2 million to an undercover officer, PNP-DEG director, Brigadier General Romeo M. Caramat Jr. announced yesterday.

“We have accounted for another big fish in the illegal drug industry in the country with the arrest of the suspect who is being investigated for his connection with a major Chinese drug trafficking gang operating in the Philippines,” said Caramat.

In a report to PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the official said that with the support of the National Capital Region Police Office headed by Major Gen. Debold M. Sinas and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency under Director General Aaron N. Aquino, they conducted the entrapment operation in a fast-food chain located at the corner of West 4th Avenue corner Quezon Avenue, Q.C. 4:20 p.m. Wednesday.

The sting resulted in the arrest of Mark Anthony Carlos alias ‘Tonton,’ a 28-year old resident of 191 New Sta. Rita Bata, San Miguel, Bulacan after he sold shabu to a poseur from the PNP-DEG Special Operations Unit 4.

Caramat said recovered from the suspect’s possession were nine pieces of vacuum-sealed plastic packs containing the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ which were all inserted in ‘Guanyinwang’ Chinese tea bags. Also seized from the suspect was the P1 million worth of boodle money topped by several marked bills.

The suspect is now undergoing investigation at the PNP-DEG headquarters in Camp Crame while the recovered pieces of drug evidence as well as the marked money were brought to the PNP Crime Laboratory in Camp Crame for examination and safekeeping.

Caramat said that the arrested drug trafficker will be facing non-bailable charges for sale and possession of dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

“Right now, we’re conducting follow-up operations to identify and arrest the main source of the drugs recovered from the suspect,” he said.

NCRPO’s Sinas lauded the police officers involved in the successful anti-drug sting. “Our reinvigorated effort towards the attainment of a drug free community is working. I am grateful that our men work tirelessly for this campaign against illegal drugs,” he said as he commended the PNP-DEG headed by Brig. Gen. Caramat and members of the Q.C. Police District for their role in the major sting.

Sinas said that operatives of the QCPD Station 2 under Lieutenant Colonel Rodrigo Soriano, the QCPD District Intelligence Division headed by Lt. Col. Rossel Cejas and the NCRPO Regional Special Operations Group-Regional Intelligence Division under Col. Remus Medina assisted the PNP-DEG in the conduct of the operation.

With ]Melnie Ragasa-Jimena