COMBINED agents of the National Capital Region Police Office and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency seized around 30 kilograms of shabu worth P204 million during a raid on a condominium unit Monday night in Pasig City.
NCRPO director Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said the raid resulted in the arrest of main drug target Manolito Lugo Carlos alias ‘Lito/Tonge’ who was identified as a notorious distributor of a convicted drug lord now serving his term at the National Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City.
According to Eleazar, members of the NCPRO Regional Drug Enforcement Unit, Regional Intelligence Division and Regional Special Operations Unit, backed by operatives of the Pasig City Police Station and the PDEA-NCR raided the suspect’s condominium unit at around 7:40 p.m. Monday on the strength of a search warrant for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 issued by Judge Danio Cruz of the Pasig City RTC Branch 152.
Recovered during the raid were 30 pieces of big heat-sealed plastic sachets with Chinese Tea markings each containing a kilo of shabu, assorted drug paraphernalia and different bank deposit slips indicating the alleged amount of remittances being deposited by the suspect’s clients to the account of the latter and his main patron who was not identified.
“The suspect is a high-profile drug personality and was among major targets of NCRPO under a case operational plan. He is a main player of an organized gang engaged in llegal drug trafficking activities in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Calabarzon regions,” said Eleazar.
He added that they have information that Carlos was the “right-hand” of a convicted drug lord now serving his term at the national penitentiary.
“They are a couple of contacts or distributors of illegal drugs being utilized by drug lords who are convicted in the National Bilibid. This is proof that although the drug lords are already detained, they are able to operate and push transactions by giving instructions to their henchmen outside the jail,” Eleazar said of the Pasig City operation which he described as the biggest so far they have made in their war on drugs.