Two of her cohorts were also arrested, P3 million worth of shabu recovered
Lawmen finally collared long wanted “shabu queen” of Caloocan City during a buy-bust operation last Friday.
The shabu queen, who was identified as Jonalyn Tayao, 28, of Barangay 59, Caloocan City, was arrested together with her two cohorts–Roman Mariano, 28, and Noraisa Lumabao, 48, by anti-narcotics agents. Police recovered from them more than P3 million worth of shabu.
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar and newly installed Northern Police District (NPD) director Chief Supt. Gregorio Lim, who both showed to reporters the seized illegal substance and marked money, lauded city police chief Senior Supt. Restituto Arcanghel and his men for the arrest of Tayao and her two cohorts.
“We have to give praises to our policemen like the Caloocan City police and its men for their aggressive efforts in the campaign against illegal drugs and lawlessness. We will not stop until we largely minimize, if not totally eradicate, this menace of society,” Eleazar told the Camanava Press Corps.
Earlier, the Caloocan police had seized some 24 kilos of high-grade shabu worth P163 million from a woman and her son in Manila where they conducted a follow-up operation after arresting two suspected drug peddlers in Caloocan.
Said to be a notorious drug peddler, she has been on the city police’s drug watch list.
Members of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit led by their chief, Senior Insp. Cecilio Tomas Jr., arrested them following the sting operation that happened past 6 p.m. at her (Tayao’s) residence along Daang Bakal Street, Barangay 59.
Immediately after the suspects (Mariano and Tayao) received the P11,000 marked money from an undercover cop, who posed as dope buyer, lawmen collared them while other agents conducted a subsequent search inside the house where they got at least 455 grams of shabu inside a black steel case with a street value of more than P3 million and a weighing scale.
Arcanghel said he quickly instructed Tomas and his men to conduct a surveillance operation involving the suspects after they received information the two had just allegedly sold a bulk of illegal drugs.
SDEU agents said they had information the suspects were also responsible for the proliferation of illegal drugs in nearby cities of Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela and in the city of San Jose del Monte in Bulacan.
Lim ordered the filing of charges against the suspects for violation of Section 11 and Section 5, Art. 2 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 before the City Prosecutor’s Office.