A PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency-led anti-narcotics operation in Olongapo City on Friday evening resulted in the arrest of six Chinese nationals and the seizure of a kilo of shabu worth P6.8 million, PDEA chair, Director General Wilkins M. Villanueva announced yesterday.
The official identified the arrested foreigners as Jiang Peng, Liu Qiao Zhi, Huang Du, Chen Pingxing, Xia, Fayong and Fan Sheng Jian.
Recovered from the suspects were a plastic bag containing a kilo of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine, a caliber .45 pistol with a magazine containing seven live ammunition, 11 cell phones several identification cards and bank deposit slips and a Nissan X-Trail with plate no. XTP-513.
The operation was conducted by members of the PDEA National Capital Region and Regional Office 3 and the PDEA Special Enforcement Service with the help of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group.
Villanueva said at around 7 p.m. Friday, a team of PNP-HPG operatives led by Captain Mark Abaja flagged down the vehicle carrying the Chinese nationals for several violations at the SBMA Tipo Gate in Olongapo City.
The driver was apprehended for not wearing a seatbelt and due to his failure to present a driver’s license. The vehicle also had no current Land Transportation Office validating sticker.
During a routine inspection, officers saw the drugs and the gun in plain view prompting them to arrest the six. The suspects are now being investigated by the PDEA with the help of an interpreter.
Villanueva said the six Chinese nationals will be facing charges for transportation of dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.