AGENTS of the National Capital Region Police Office-Regional Drug Enforcement Unit and the Taguig City Police Station late evening Friday arrested in a buy-bust operation in Taguig two suspected big-time drug dealers in Metro Manila and confiscated more than P3.6 million worth of shabu and valium pills, NCRPO chief, Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar announced yesterday.
The suspects identified as Jayson Esguerra and Rodolfo Dejos were arrested during the entrapment operation inside no. 28 Hagonoy Street in Barangay Manuel L. Quezon, Taguig City 10:30 p.m. Friday.
Recovered during the sting were six plastic packets containing some 525 grams of suspected shabu with a street value of P3,570,000, 150 pieces of Valium 10 worth P12,000 and the P170,000 worth of boodle money topped by a marked P1,000 bill.
Eleazar said that before the arrest of the two, members of the NCRPO-RDEU placed them under surveillance following information that the two were engaged in large-scale distribution of shabu in the southern part of Metro Manila and several parts of Rizal province.
“We got the information that the suspects began their illegal activities middle of last year and were getting their drug supply from an inmate now serving time in a correctional institution in the country,” the NCRPO chief said.
Eleazar said that follow-up operations are still underway to identify and arrest the main source of the drugs confiscated from the two.
He said that the suspects are now being held at the NCRPO-RDEU detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City and would be charged for selling and possession of dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The offense is a non-bailable case which is punishable by life imprisonment and as much as P10 million in fines upon conviction.