PDEA nets P6-M worth of shabu, marijuana

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) scored high in a buy-bust operation in Dagupan City that resulted in the seizure of P6 million worth of shabu and marijuana and the arrest of three high value targets in the country’s war on drugs.

The buy-bust operations in Barangays Malued and Lucao enabled PDEA Pangasinan team to arrest suspected drug dealers, two of whom are foreigners after month-long surveillance of the suspects’ activities.

The first high-impact operation (HIO) was held inside an apartment in Barangay Malued, where suspects, Yemeni national Hood Abdulqawi Salem and Sudanese Mohamed Abbas Mohamed Yassin, both of legal age, were nabbed.

Two large rolls, and four medium packets of dried marijuana leaves were recovered that weighed 2.2 kilograms, valued at P300,000 and a 700-grams of shabu with a street value of P4,760,000 kept in a resealable plastic pouch hidden inside a liquor box were seized from their possession.

Two digital weighing scales and the ‘boodle’ money were recovered.

The two foreigners were reported to be members of a large-scale drug operating syndicate in the country, including Pangasinan.

“The suspects operate in Pangasinan, Region 3, and also NCR and Calabarzon. They have networks that also operate under the syndicate they belong to”, said Camacho in an interview Wednesday dawn.

However, a few hours after the first operation, the officers arrested Troy Darell Aquino of San Jacinto town in a buy-bust operation.

Aquino serves as the middleman for the two foreigners arrested earlier.

“The suspect (Aquino) goes to Baguio City and picks up the ordered supply,” said Camacho.

Authorities seized a knapsack stuffed with three large rolls of dried marijuana leaves worth P360,000 and weighing 3 kilos from Aquino.

Also confiscated was a Toyota Fortuner owned by the suspect, and the boodle money used to entrap him.

Aquino is reportedly the son of a former vice mayor in central Pangasinan.

Charges are being prepared against the suspects for violation of Republic Act 9165. (Ahikam Pasion)

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