POLICE Regional Office 9 director, Brigadier General Jesus D. Cambay Jr. yesterday announced the arrest of two female ‘high-value targets’ in Western Mindanao following an anti-narcotics operation in Zamboanga City on Tuesday which resulted in the confiscation of some 550 grams of shabu worth P3.7 million.
Cambay identified the two as Nur-Adzelyn Villaraza, a 22-year-old Overseas Filipino Worker from Barangay Rio Hondo and Linda Kasim,51, a businesswoman residing in Caragasan, Bgy. Maasin.
In a report to Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the Western Mindanao police director said the two yielded 11 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing the P3.7 million worth of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ and the P600,000 worth of boodle money topped by five marked P1,000 bills and eight marked P100 bills during the sting.
Cambay said members of the Zamboanga City Police Stations 4 and 11, supported by the local Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and military intelligence operatives conducted the sting in Pilar Street in Bgy. Zone IV around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Both suspects are now being held at the lock-up facility of the Zamboanga City Police Station 4. They will be facing non-bailable charges for sale and possession of dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Cambay commended the Zamboanga City Police Office headed by Colonel Thomas Joseph Martir for their latest accomplishment in their all-out campaign against drugs and all forms of criminality in the region amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“While we participate in contact tracing and remain preoccupied in enforcing community quarantine rules in the region, we are also unrelenting in our effort to suppress illegal drug activities in Western Mindanao,” Cambay said.