3 ‘drug couriers’ with P6.8M shabu fall in Manila sting

THREE known drug dealers in Metro Manila were arrested and seized from them a kilo of shabu worth P6.8 million during a buy-bust operation early yesterday morning in Vito Cruz, Manila.

National Capital Region Police Office director Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar identified the suspects as Rudy Kidlat, 20; and Mark Anthony Alcantara,32, both residents of No. 175 Chest Clinic Compound in Barangay 186, Pasay City; and Rona Valenzuella, 37, of Bgy. 178, Maricaban, Pasay City.

Members of the NCRPO Regional Drug Enforcement Unit with the assistance of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Manila Police District Station 6 arrested the suspects at the corner of Osmena Road and Vito Cruz, Manila, at around 1:10 a.m.

According to Eleazar, the three were believed to be being utilized as ‘couriers’ of a gang of Chinese and Muslim drug traffickers operating in Metro Manila and Cavite province.  

“They were placed under surveillance for more than a month until their hideout was penetrated by the operatives through a planned illegal drug negotiation between the undercover agents and their seller,” he said.

Eleazar added that the recovered drugs were brought to the Crime Laboratory for quantitative and qualitative examination.

Meanwhile, Eastern Police District director PBrig.General Christopher Tambungan said suspects Frank Vedana, 49; Annie Lou Atienza, 37; John Patrick Ballon, 24; Patrick Joseph Velasco, 34; Manuel Grageda Jr, 42; Jabby Vedana, 21; Hendry Salonga, 38; Barry Liaguno, 37; Michael Manikan, 30; John Raymart Santos, 19; and a 16-year-old minor, were arrested by members of EPD-Drug Enforcement Unit on Cherry Street, Damayan Park Homes in Bgy Maybunga, in a buy- bust operation at around 8:30 p.m.

A police poseur buyer was able to purchase P1,000 worth of illegal drugs from Vedana. However, Vedana suddenly ran towards an alley after he sensed that he was dealing with an undercover cop.

The anti-narcotics team chased and cornered Vedana, while other members of the DEU stormed Vedana’s house and caught the other suspects in the act of sniffing shabu.

Recovered from the suspects were seven sachets of suspected shabu, five opened sachets with residues of suspected shabu, a digital weighing scale, an improvised tooter, and the marked money.

All three suspects will be facing non-bailable charges for sale and possession of dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

With Arlene Rivera