Authorities nab 2 suspects; seize shabu worth P136m


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.