Eleven individuals were arrested in Taguig, Navotas, and Makati as part of the police crackdown on suspected drug dealers and other criminal elements in Metro Manila.
The police operations, according to the National Capital Region Police Office, also resulted in the seizure of a total of P4.7 million worth of shabu.
Arrested in Taguig City were Abdul Wahid Solaiman alias Wahid, Bong Pagayao Mangelen, Benji Guianadal Maitum, Badrudin Talusan Dalgan, Fahad Salik Solaiman, Noel Emad Kalim, and Buhari Komatig Malaguit.
Elements of the Southern Police District – Drug Enforcement Unit, District Intelligence Division and District Mobile Force Battalion arrested the suspects in a buy-bust operation at Block 124, Lot 12 Imelda Street in Barangay Upper Bicutan around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.
“More or less 500 grams of suspected illegal drugs with an estimated standard drug price value of P3,400,000.00 was recovered from the suspects. Likewise, one unit Red 2005 Nissan Urvan and boodle money were also seized,” said NCRPO director P/Maj. Gen. Felipe Natividad.
On Sunday, operatives of the Navotas Police – Drug Enforcement Unit in coordination with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency also conducted a buy-bust resulting in the arrest of three suspects along Tanigue Extension in Barangay NBBS Dagat-Dagatan, Navotas City.
One of the suspects identified as Mark Valerio alias Renzo, 25, was the main target of the police operation. Also arrested were Jayzen Manalaysay Francisco alias Jayzen, 34, a fisherman; and Glen Lacson Siochi alyas Glen, 36.
The authorities recovered 170 grams of shabu worth P1,156,000, a .38-cal revolver and four bullets, and the money used in the entrapment operation.
On the same day, anti-narcotics men of the Makati City Police Station arrested Gary Lira alias Bong and recovered 25 grams of shabu worth P170,000 from his possession. The police operation was conducted at 1732 San Jacinto Street in Barangay Olympia.
Natividad said all the seized evidences were brought to respective Forensic Units of the police operating teams for quantitative and qualitative analysis while the firearm recovered will be turned over to Police Station Investigation Division Management Branch in Navotas for documentation.
“All the suspects are under custody of operating units pending their presentation to the Inquest Prosecutor for inquest proceedings,” he said.
The NCRPO chief commended his men for their untiring support and relentless effort in the drug campaign against illegal drugs.
“We will be relentless in our efforts to suppress the supply of illegal drugs in our region. We also continuously solicit the cooperation and support of the public on this undertaking so we could maintain the peace and order in our community as well as save would be victims of the illegal substance.”