THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the country’s national police seized some P353.3 million (about US $7.6 million) worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, in an entrapment operation in Bulacan, a province just north of Metro Manila.
PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. said aside from the seizure of the 70.7 kilos of shabu, the authorities arrested seven persons, including two alleged drug sellers. The rest of the apprehended persons were reportedly caught while processing the illegal drugs.
Cacdac said the May 15 anti-narcotics operation took place along Bypass Road, Barangay Sta. Clara, Sta. Maria, Bulacan. He identified those arrested as Leonardo Pedrosa, alias Hector, 39; Christian Ultra, 22; and Marlon Cervantes, 20. They were apprehended after they tried to sell two kilos of suspected shabu to an undercover agent who acted as poseur-buyer.
Also arrested were Jaime Halili, 28; a suspected getaway vehicle driver; Frans Espaldon, 20; Glynel Base, 18; and Junvi Ivory Base, 29, were also nabbed after they were caught in the act drying shabu in a makeshift drug laboratory.
Police said it was Halili who led lawmen to Espaldon and the Bases after he ran to their hideout in a bid to escape the pursuing lawmen.
Cacdac said the suspects will be charged violation of Sections 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165 (the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).