₱3.5-M shabu, Val­ium seized in Taguig bust

Tempo - - News - (Mar­tin Sadong­dong)

Po­lice on Fri­day ar­rested two sus­pected big-time drug push­ers, whose boss is said to be an in­mate at the Metro Manila Dis­trict Jail, and seized more than ₱3.5-mil­lion worth of shabu and anti-de­pres­sant drug Val­ium 10 in a buy-bust op­er­a­tion in Taguig City.

The sus­pects were iden­ti­fied as Ru­dolf De­jos, alias “Paloy,” 39, of ML Que­zon St., Hagonoy, Barangay San Miguel, Taguig, and Jayson Es­guerra, 24, of Gen­eral Luna St., Barangay Usu­san, Taguig.

Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion Po­lice Of­fice chief Direc­tor Guillermo Eleazar said the NCRPO Re­gional Drug En­force­ment Unit and Taguig po­lice ar­rested the sus­pects at De­jos’ house at 10:30 p.m.

Eleazar said a po­lice poseur-buyer suc­cess­fully bought 100 grams of shabu val­ued at ₱175,000 from the sus­pects, who were both iden­ti­fied as newly-iden­ti­fied drug per­son­al­i­ties in Taguig City. Their ar­eas of op­er­a­tion in­clude south­ern Metro Manila and Rizal.

"This op­er­a­tion was a re­sult of our in­tel­li­gence mon­i­tor­ing that a big group is dis­tribut­ing shabu in large quan­ti­ties in the area so we did a sur­veil­lance on them," Eleazar said.

"Ac­cord­ingly, the drugs came from the sus­pects' co­hort in Batan­gas but the one giv­ing the com­mand for their drug trans­ac­tions is their gang­mate who is cur­rently de­tained at the Metro Manila Dis­trict Jail," he added.

The NCRPO chief said the op­er­a­tion of the sus­pects in Taguig started mid-2017 af­ter their boss – whose iden­tity has yet to be re­vealed – was im­pris­oned for mur­der.

"Af­ter be­ing jailed, their boss was as­so­ci­ated with the other drug groups in­side the prison and that's when he started en­gag­ing in il­le­gal drug trans­ac­tions," he said.

Po­lice have ini­ti­ated an in­ves­ti­ga­tion to un­cover how the boss was able to give com­mand to his group out­side the MMDJ, Eleazar noted.

Po­lice re­cov­ered from the sus­pects six tie-knot­ted plas­tic packs with 525 grams of sus­pected shabu worth ₱3.5 mil­lion and 150 pieces of Val­ium 10 val­ued at ₱12,000.

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