MANILA, Philippines – Several drug stings in Cebu City led to the confiscation of 102.8 million pesos worth of illegal drugs, while two operations in Luzon produced 2.7 million pesos worth of shabu or crystal meth and marijuana leaves, the Philippine National Police said.
The PNP Public Information Office (PNP-PIO) reported on Monday that 15.1 kilograms of shabu were seized in a series of buy-sell operations on Saturday April 23 in Cebu City – including the biggest operation led to the arrest of 24-year-old John Vincent Camion.
Officers from the Cebu City Police and Regional Police Bureau-7 (PRO-7) Anti-Drug and Intelligence Units as well as the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the area seized 10 kilograms to Truck, whose market value is estimated at P68 million.
Camion was arrested in Barangay Guadalupe, while three other operations were launched in Barangay Duljo-Fatima and Barangay Mabolo, where three other suspects were arrested.
PNP leader Dionardo Carlos said that based on reports from PRO-7 regional director Brig. General Roque Eduardo Vega, the operations could lead to the exposure of how illegal drug traffickers operate in Cebu City and its neighboring Region VII regions and provinces.
“The recovery of a large quantity of drugs from Camion could lead investigators to significant illegal drug activity in the Central Visayas,” Carlos said.
Meanwhile, in Luzon, 2.070 million pesos or 300 grams of shabu were obtained by plainclothes police who attempted to purchase illegal drugs at Barangay Salawag in the town of Dasmariñas in Cavite.
According to PNP-PIO, suspect Alnor Macarampat and the illegal substance confiscated from him are currently in the custody of the Cavite Provincial Police Office Drug Enforcement Unit.
Another operation, this time in Cagayan province, led to the arrest of 23-year-old Romel Macababad, who was arrested on Saturday night in Barangay Alimanao, Penablanca, Cagayan.
Six kilograms of dried marijuana leaves worth 720,000 pesos were seized in Macababad, along with a duffel bag, cellphone, motorbike and marked money used by undercover cops to purchase the illegal drugs .
“Allow me to again commend our police and PDEA officers for the intensified efforts to eradicate the drug menace plaguing Luzon, with particular emphasis on the high profile figures engaged in trafficking and distribution illegal drugs,” Carlos said.
“This is another significant achievement under the PNP’s final version 2022 campaign plan, also known as Operation Anti-Illegal Drugs Through Reinforcement and Education (ADORE),” he added.
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