Authorities nab 2 suspects; seize shabu worth P136m

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Authorities arrested two drug suspects and seized P136 million worth of shabu in Parañaque City on Tuesday night, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said Wednesday.

In a report, PDEA spokesperson Derrick Carreon said the suspects, Mark Joseph Cortez, 36, and Jacqueline Espinosa, 37, yielded some 20 kilos of shabu wrapped in Chinese tea bags and buy-bust money during the operation at around 5:50 p.m. at Concorde Village in Barangay Tambo.

DRUG HAUL. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency operatives seize 20 kilograms of shabu with an estimated street value of P136 million in a buy-bust in Parañaque City on Tuesday. Avito Dalan

He said a third suspect identified as Marion King John Cortez was able to evade arrest.

Joint operatives from the PDEA Regional Office 4-A Special Enforcement Team, the PDEA National Capital Region, and the local police conducted the buy-bust operation.

The suspects will be charged with the violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.