Military officer in drug raid says he’s in covert ops
MANILA – Marine Colonel Ferdinand Marcelino insisted he was in a covert mission when government agents arrested him and a Chinese man during a raid in Manila.
Police said Mercelino was arrested along with Yan Yi Shou, alias Randy and agents seized some P380 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride or locally known as shabu or ice from the hideout in Santa Cruz.
The raiders – all agents of the Anti- Illegal Detection Group of the Philippine National police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency – were armed with warrants when they swooped down on the hideout and arrested the duo.
“The operation was conducted by virtue of search warrant issued by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court which said that the house serves as a storage facility of illegal drugs,” police said in a statement.
It said some 64 kilos of shabu were confiscated from the house that served as storage for the illegal drugs. Assorted chemicals and laboratory equipment believed used in the manufacture of the drugs were also seized by the raiders, including a car.
Police said the two men – who previously worked with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency – are facing criminal charges. They are currently being interrogated by the police.