AGENTS of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Monday afternoon arrested three suspected big-time drug traffickers in the country after they conspired to sell two kilos of shabu worth P13.6 million to an undercover officer in Imus City in Cavite, PDEA chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino announced yesterday.
The official said members of the PDEA National Capital Region headed by lawyer George Paul Alcovindas put the cuffs on the three suspects identified as Paul Angelo Lee Castro, 30, Jesse James Palenzuela, 29, and Gina Carim Abdul, 45, during the entrapment operation along Emilio Aguinaldo Highway in Anabu II-C in Imus City around 3:30 p.m. Monday.
Recovered during the buy-bust operation were two self-sealing plastic packets containing around 2,000 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine, a kilo of which cost P6.8 million in the underground market and the marked money paid to the trio by the poseur.
The arrest of the three came shortly after PDEA Region 4-A operatives under Intelligence Agent Melvin Estoque arrested three suspected ‘high-value targets’ during a buy-bust operation inside a fast-food chain located inside Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
Aquino identified the suspects as Asraf Lomngcolob, Raimona Macasapak and Basit Batua.
The PDEA chief said at around 11:45 a.m. Monday, the trio were arrested after they conspired to sell 500 grams of shabu worth P3.4 million to an undercover operative.