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NCRPO sting net nearly P35M shabu in caloocan

PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Debold M. Sinas yesterday announced the confiscation of more than five kilograms of shabu worth nearly P35 million from a top drug personality in Metro Manila during a buy-bust in Caloocan City on Christmas Eve.

The anti-illegal drugs campaign will spare no one, holiday or no holiday,” Sinas said, referring to the arrest of Uriel Hewe Jr. alias ‘Bong,’ a 31-year old resident of Block 15, Lot 7, Mangga Street in Amparo Subdivision, Bgy. 179, Caloocan City, at around 3 p.m. last Thursday.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director, Major Gen. Vicente D. Danao Jr. said members of the Caloocan City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit confiscated six vacuum-sealed plastic bags containing the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ worth P34.68 million, a caliber .45 semi-automatic pistol with two loaded magazines, the boodle money topped by a marked P1,000 bill, a digital weighing scale, a mobile phone used by the suspect in the illegal drug transaction during the entrapment operation.

Also confiscated during the sting were three aluminum foils with ‘Guanyinwang’ Chinese Tea Bag labels similar to those previously confiscated by the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the past.

Northern Police District director, Brigadier Gen. Eliseo DC Cruz said that Hewe, a TNVS driver by possession, is listed in the Caloocan Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council or BADAC watchlist years ago.

Cruz said the suspect is facing a non-bailable offense for sale and possession of prohibited drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.