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P1.35M worth of shabu seized

Paula Antolin



Despite the enhanced community quarantine presently in force in Metro Manila, drug peddlers are still busy selling narcotics.

In Quezon City, four drug suspects were arrested in a buy-bust operation that yielded in the seizure of P680,000 worth of shabu.

Fairview Police identified the suspects as Michael Joe Barriga, 24, of Barangay Pasong Putik, Allan Remolacio, 45, of Barangay Roxas District, and Michael Macalma, 35, and Vanessa Bayani, 28, both from Barangay Kaligayahan.

The Station Drug Enforcement Unit of Fairview Police Station, under PLt. Col. Jeffrey Bilaro, conducted the operation at around 1 a.m. of Sunday, 5 April at Flamingo Street corner Malipaca Street, Barangay Kaligayahan.

Authorities seized about 100 grams of shabu amounting to P680,000, an unlicensed caliber .38 S&W Danao revolver with four pieces of live ammunition, an improvised shotgun with two 12-gauge ammunition, a cellular phone, the buy-bust money and a motor vehicle.

The suspects will be charged with violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and an additional case of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition will be filed against Macalma.

In Valenzuela, police confiscated on Sunday over P600,000 worth of shabu in two separate drug stings in the city.

The buy-bust operation was conducted along Feliciano Road, Barangay Ugong, Valenzuela City that resulted to the arrest of four drug suspects.

Arrested were Stephen Yu, 35; Ernanie Joseph, 30; Alvin Escover, 39; and someone named Jacky, 34.

Seized from the suspects were sachets of shabu weighing about 60 grams estimated to be worth P408,000.

Also recovered were two P1,000 bills; eight pieces of boodle money of P1,000 bills; and recovered money totaling P500.

Meanwhile, in a separate drug sting at A. Mabini Road, Barangay 23, Caloocan City, authorities seized about P258,000 worth of shabu.

Arrested were Ann Margaret Pascual, 33; Lora Quimado, 27; and Alexander Gabriel, 39.

Recovered were plastic sachets containing suspected shabu weighing about 38 grams estimated to cost P258,400.

The P500 buy-bust money and another P500 bill were also recovered from the them.

The suspects are facing charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

with Raymart T. Lolo

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