SEPARATE anti-narcotics operations conducted by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Wednesday resulted in the arrest of four ‘high-value targets’ including a Nigerian national and the seizure of 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, a 36-year old resident of Barangay Mambog 3 in Bacoor City, Cavite was arrested during a sting conducted at the parking lot of a fast-food store along Molino Boulevard in Bgy. Talaba 4 at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
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 West African national.
A 2nd sting conducted at the parking lot of a big grocery store in FTI Western Taguig around 2:20 p.m. Wednesday led in the arrest of Maria Salvacion Medino after she sold a kilo of the prohibited drugs to an undercover officer.
Villanueva said the operation was conducted by members of the PDEA-SES, PDEA National Capital Region and the Taguig City Police Station.
Another entrapment operation conducted by PDEA-SES operatives, with the help of the Makati City Police Station at the parking lot of another fast-food store in A.P. Reyes Avenue in Bgy. Tejeros around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday resulted in the arrest of Tristan Jay Ocfemia and Oliver Rogelio Benitez after they conspired to sell 500 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ to an undercover agent, said the PDEA chief.
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 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.
“Right now, follow-up operations are still underway to identify and arrest the main source of the drugs recovered from the four suspects,” the PDEA chief said. All suspects are now being held at the PDEA lock-up facility in Quezon City.