NEARLY P4.6 million worth of shabu were confiscated by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in three separate buy-bust operations on Wednesday, PDEA chair, Director General Wilkins M. Villanueva reported yesterday.
The official said that around 1 p.m. Wednesday, combined operatives of the PDEA Special Enforcement Service, Intelligence and Investigation Service and the PDEA Regional Office 4-A, with the assistance of the Makati City Police Station arrested one suspected big-time drug dealer in a sting at the Caltex gasoline station in Arnaiz Avenue along Pio del Pilar Street.
Recovered from the suspect identified as John Donard Corpuz were around 500 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ valued at P3.4 million, the boodle money topped by a marked P1,000 bill and a motorcycle.
A cohort of the arrested suspect identified only as alias ‘Temyong’ managed to escape and is still being hunted as of press time, the PDEA chief said
Three other suspects identified as Jean Francis Lima, German Bolarde and Jon-jon Lima were arrested after they conspired to sell drugs to an undercover officer in Barangay Poblacion Norte in Ivisan, Roxas City past 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Villanueva said the sting conducted by undercover officers of the PDEA Regional Office 6 with the help of the Roxas City Police Station and the Ivisan Municipal Police Station led in the confiscation of around 128 grams of shabu worth P870,000 and the marked money paid to them by the poseur.
The official said the 3rd operation in Bgy. Kabuntalan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao conducted at 5 a.m. Wednesday resulted in the arrest of Nasraila Wahab Ugan and local barangay chairman Badrodin Datumanong Pinguiaman.
A 3rd suspect identified as one Ali Ugan is still being tracked down, he said.
Villanueva said recovered from Ugan were around 50 grams of shabu worth P340,000, a caliber .45 pistol and the marked money paid by the poseur.
Pinguiaman was arrested when he tried to interfere in the conduct of the lawful operation, the PDEA chair said. The village chief yielded an unlicensed cal .45 pistol when frisked and will be facing charges for obstruction of justice and violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013, he added.
Villanueva said members of the PDEA Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Regional Office, with the help of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 2 and the local police conducted the operation.
All arrested drug suspects will be charged for violation of RA 916 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, said Villanueva.