AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG) early afternoon yesterday arrested four ‘high-value targets during a buy-bust operation in Dasmariñas City, Cavite which resulted in the confiscation of around 11 kilograms of shabu worth P70.4 million, PNP-DEG director, Brigadier General Romeo M. Caramat Jr. told the Journal Group.
Caramat said two of the suspects were African nationals identified as Clemen Junior Nwachukwu and Starboy Nwachukwu while the two are Mindanao natives Akil M. Esmail and Saimen A. Esmail,
In a report to PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the PNP-DEG director said the four were arrested after they conspired to sell the huge volume of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ to an undercover officer inside The District Ayala Malls in Dasmariñas City 1:45 p.m. yesterday.
Caramat said that in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, they placed the suspects under surveillance for several weeks amid information they are involved in large-scale trafficking of shabu in several parts of Cavite and Metro Manila.
“We have received information that the two foreigners who are believed to be members of an African Drug Syndicate have forged an unholy alliance with the two Filipino-Muslims to traffic drugs in the country,” said the official.
The four are now being interrogated at the PNP-DEG headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City where non-bailable charges for sale and possession of dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are being readied against them, Caramat said.