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P4-B worth of shabu seized in Baguio raid

MANILA — Combined operatives of Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PRO-COR); National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO); National Bureau of Investigation; and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Regional Office Cordillera Administrative Region (PDEA-RO CAR) implemented a search warrant that led to the seizure of more than 575 kilos of suspected methamphetamine  hydrochloride, or shabu, with an estimated street value of P4 billion on Wednesday morning(March 259).

NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Edgar Alan Okubo said 51-year-old Ming Hui, was arrested during the implementation of a search warrant in Purok 4, Irisan, Baguio City at about 8:55 a.m.

The search warrant was issued by Baguio City Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Rufus Malecdan Jr. on Tuesday.

Okubo said the operation stemmed from the surveillance operations of the NCRPO, in coordination with PDEA, to locate the possible storage site of a big haul of illegal drugs until it was found to be in Baguio City.

“Due to the unfavorable operating environment of these illegal drug syndicates in Metro Manila and rigorous anti-illegal drugs operation of NCRPO, these drug syndicates had no other choice but to hide these illegal drugs to Baguio City, which is known to have very low cases of drug affectation, thereby, becomes conducive for less likelihood of detection,” he said.

Okubo said initial investigation showed that the seized illegal drugs were to be distributed or sold in Luzon.

He added that the PNP would take custody of the evidence gathered for safekeeping and further investigation while PDEA would undertake drug profiling to establish the DNA of the narcotics to aid the conduct of follow-up operations.

Meanwhile, Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. thanked all the participating units that had worked together to attain a whole-of-nation approach in the fight against illegal drugs.

“Ang approach dito is whole-of-the-nation, whole-of-government approach. Hindi lang gagalaw ang PDEA, hindi lang gagalaw ang kapulisyahan, hindi lang NBI, sanib puwersa lahat ito. Ang maganda rito kasama ang Cordillera police at ito ay simula lamang. Marami pa itong pupuntahan namin mga ganitong bagay,” Abalos told reporters in an interview in Baguio City.

Meanwhile, PDEA Director Gen. Moro Virgilio Lazo said they would continue to comply with the President’s order to undertake supply reduction efforts and arrest top-level drug traffickers.

“This is one accomplishment towards the end. Kung tutuusin mo yung bulk na ito malaki ang mase-save natin sa mga gumagamit, kasi nahuli naman natin,” Lazo said.

Source: PNA 

Manny D. Balbin
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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, founder and editor-in-chief of UNLINEWS ONLINE and UNLINEWS Digital Newspaper, is a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated college with Philosophy and Political Science courses at the University of Santo Tomas, Legazpi City. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, People's Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before, he simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspapers in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). He is the founder and the former editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, both in weekly newspaper and online news. A former Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.
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