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Shabu valued at Php 600-M is biggest seizure in region

PALO, LEYTE – PBGen. Dionardo Carlos, Eastern Visayas Police Director, has confirmed that the intercepted 88.49 kilograms of shabu with an estimated value of Php 600 million is their biggest seizure in their anti-illegal drugs campaign in the region so far.

On Thursday night, October 17, joint posse of Gandara Municipal Police, Samar Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit and Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU) intercepted two vehicles carrying the contraband in Brgy. Buñagan, Gandara, Samar.

Carlos revealed that the seized illegal drugs had the same packaging as the 9.7 kilograms of shabu recovered last August in Biri, Northern Samar.

“During my watch, ayoko ng ganitong mga discovery ng shabu that’s why we worked to watch our shorelines and our ports. Because of that lead nagsimula kaming tumingin if there were previous transport of illegal drugs with the same packaging. Our RDEU alarmed our line units during our regular weekly oversight committee meetings to follow up and eventually we had a breakthrough through our intel and Deputy Regional Director for Operations that they were being transported within our area of responsibility,” he disclosed.

They also learned that a shipment was transported from Matnog, Sorsogon to Allen and San Isidro Port in Northern Samar, which prompted them to conduct checkpoints.

The seized illegal drugs allegedly came from two different sources in Imus, Cavite and SM North Edsa in Quezon City.

PCapt. Joselito Tabada, Gandara Police Chief, said that the two vehicles, a gray Mitsubishi driven by one Cesar Uy with 2 passengers, identified as Steven Perez and a minor, and a black Nissan Sentra driven by Elbert Abella with passengers identified as Jeralou Laborte, who is 5 months pregnant, and Leonard delos Reyes, all residents of Cebu, were heading to Ormoc City when they were flagged down in a checkpoint along Maharlika Highway in the said municipality.

The gray car contained 25 packs or 50.7 kilograms of shabu, while the black car was carrying 19 packs or 37.61 kilograms of illegal drugs. Authorities were also able to recover drug paraphernalia in the 2 vehicles.

The suspects who claimed to be not acquainted with each other allegedly met at Coral Reef Resort in Calbayog City, upon the instructions of their boss whom they refused to identify. 

“We were supposed to ride the ship going to Cebu from Calbayog City, and leave the vehicle, including the keys at the parking lot of SM Mabolo. We were given Php 20,000 initially, and were promised to receive Php 50,000 each after the transaction,” Uy narrated in a media interview.  

They also admitted to having knowledge that they were transporting contrabands, but didn’t know its value. 

“My friend who used to deal drugs offered me a job because I was a user then. We had our first transaction in August this year where we traveled from Manila to Cebu via cargo shipping in Calbayog City. But since there was no ship today, we decided to proceed to Ormoc going Cebu. We didn’t want to wait in Calbayog because the owner kept on calling us and was in a hurry,” Uy revealed.

The apprehended suspects and the seized items were immediately brought to the Regional Crime Laboratory here for drug testing, while cases for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against them. 

Meanwhile, Carlos lauded the operating team, and hinted possible recommendation for promotion for their notable accomplishment. By Marie Tonette Marticio

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