Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Wednesday arrested in separate anti-narcotics operations four “high-value targets” including a Nigerian national and seized 2.5 kilos of shabu worth P17 million, PDEA chair Director General Wilkins M. Villanueva announced yesterday.
The official said Nigerian national Ifeanyi Chukwu Ukoji, 36, of Barangay Mambog 3 in Bacoor City, Cavite was arrested in a sting conducted at the parking lot of a fast-food store on Molino Boulevard, Bgy. Talaba 4 around 11:30 a.m.
Villanueva said members of the PDEA Special Enforcement Service and Regional Office 4-A, with the assistance of the operatives of the Police Regional Office 4-A under Brigadier General Vicente D. Danao Jr. seized a kilo of shabu worth P6.8 million and the buy-bust money from the foreigner.
A second sting at the parking lot of a grocery store in FTI Western Taguig around 2:20 p.m. led to the arrest of Maria Salvacion Medino after she sold a kilo of the prohibited drugs to an undercover officer.
The operation was conducted by members of the PDEA-SES, PDEA National Capital Region and the Taguig City Police Station.
Another entrapment conducted by PDEA-SES operatives, with the help of the Makati City Police Station at the parking lot of another fastfood store on A.P. Reyes Avenue in Bgy. Tejeros around 3:30 p.m. resulted in the arrest of Tristan Jay Ocfemia and Oliver Rogelio Benitez after they conspired to sell 500 grams of shabu to an undercover agent.
Also recovered from the possession of the suspects were the boodle money topped by a marked P500 bill and two motorcycles.
The two operations in Taguig and Makati cities were conducted by the PDEA in coordination with the National Capital Region Police Office headed by Major Gen. Debold M. Sinas and the Southern Police District under Brig. Gen. Emmanuel B. Peralta, the PDEA chief said.
Villanueva said that the four suspects will be facing non-bailable charges for sale and possession of prohibited drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.