PHILIPPINE National Police chief General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday said that members of a drug distribution network smashed by agents of the PNP Drug Enforcement Group over the weekend are being investigated for their suspected inks with international drug trafficking rings.
The suspects believed to be operating in southern Metro Manila and Cavite were arrested on Saturday by operatives of the PNP-DEG headed by Colonel Romeo M. Caramat Jr. in coordination with the National Capital Region Police Office and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
According to the PNP chief, seized from at least eight “high-value targets” were some 16.5 kilograms of high-grade shabu worth P112.2-million. The suspects were arrested in four separate anti-drug operations in the cities of Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Bacoor, Cavite.
Among the arrested suspects was Nigerian Kingsley Osita Escobi who yielded four packs of shabu weighing approximately two kilograms during a buy bust operation in Bacoor City. “He is believed to have links with the notorious West African Drug Syndicate that is known for its international drug trafficking activities across Asia, Africa and Europe,” said the PNP chief,
“The successful result of this major police operation supports the intent of the PNP leadership to redirect the focus of police anti-drug operations to high value targets engaged in trafficking of commercial quantity of drugs 50 grams or more. More importantly, it describes the intensity of aggressive anti-drug operations that are forthcoming, backed by more technical equipment and highly-trained operatives,” Gen. Gamboa added.
The PNP-DEG-led anti-narcotics operation in the southern part of Metro Manila late Saturday evening resulted in the arrest of three suspected “high-value drug targets” and the seizure of 12 kilograms of shabu worth nearly P82 million.
Caramat said that the first buy-bust operation at the Philtranco Bus Terminal in Malibay, Pasay City 8:30 p.m. Saturday led to the arrest of Mia Bianca Churez,22, a Malibay resident; and Dave Realin,21, of Trece Martirez City in Cavite after they conspired to sell 10 kilos of the so-called poor man’s cocaine concealed in Chinese tea bag packaging.
Caramat said that they were aided by members of the Pasay City Police Station and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the conduct of the entrapment operation. The PNP-DEG director said they have sought the help of the NCRPO headed by Brigadier General Debold M. Sinas in conducting major buy-bust operations in the metropolis.
The official added that during a follow-up operation triggered by information provided by the two arrested suspects, they also arrested the 3rd suspect identified as Jean Audrey Pomida,21, inside Room 302-B of Building 7, Fields Residence Condominium in Barangay San Dionisio, Parañaque City an hour later.
Recovered from the suspect by combined operatives of the PNP-PDEG and the Parañaque City Police Station were two kilos of shabu contained in the same Chinese tea bag packaging and valued at P13.6 million.
All three suspects were immediately taken to the PNP-DEG headquarters in Camp Crame along with the seized drugs shortly after the two operations.