2 WOMEN YIELD P2.7-M ‘SHABU’, KUSH IN CAINTA BUST

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - METRO - By Jhes­set O. Enano @Jhes­setE­nanoINQ

Around P2.7 mil­lion worth of il­le­gal drugs, in­clud­ing im­ported high-grade mar­i­juana and “shabu” (crys­tal meth), were seized on Thurs­day from two women in a buy-bust op­er­a­tion in Cainta, Rizal prov­ince.

Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, Calabarzon po­lice re­gional of­fice di­rec­tor, iden­ti­fied the sus­pects as Laika Camille San Pe­dro, 25, a res­i­dent of Taguig City; and Maria Ce­cilia Bay­lon, 40, from Que­zon City.

Chief Insp. Fer­di­nand Men­doza, head of the Calabarzon drug en­force­ment unit, said the two women were ar­rested at 12:45 a.m. on Thurs­day at the park­ing lot of a com­mer­cial com­plex in Barangay San Isidro.

Seized from them were around 250 grams of shabu with an es­ti­mated value of P1.2 mil­lion and a kilo of high-grade mar­i­juana, com­monly known as “kush,” worth around P1.5 mil­lion.

In­tel­li­gence re­ports said the sus­pects were able to “im­port” the drugs, us­ing different names to mis­lead au­thor­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to Men­doza, the two women were re­ported to be big­time drug sup­pli­ers in Metro Manila and the nearby prov­inces of Rizal and La­guna.

In­ves­ti­ga­tion also showed that their hus­bands are cur- rently de­tained at the Metro Manila District Jail in Bi­cu­tan, Taguig City.

Mean­while, two men were ar­rested by the Marik­ina City po­lice for pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana on Wed­nes­day night.

An op­er­a­tion was launched against Ir­win Joseph de Cas­tro, 41, and Edgard Shane Be­navidez, 22, based on a tip on their drug ac­tiv­i­ties. They were en­trapped at Be­navidez’s home in SSS Vil­lage, Barangay Con­cep­cion Dos after an un­der­cover agent bought P500 worth of mar­i­juana from the 22-year-old.

Four more sa­chets of mar­i­juana and a dig­i­tal weigh­ing scale were seized from the sus­pects.

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