25 nabbed, P4.2-M drugs seized in stings

The Philippine Star - - METRO - By NON ALQUITRAN – With Robert­zon Ramirez, Romina Cabrera

At least 25 per­sons were ar­rested and P4.2 mil­lion worth of il­le­gal drugs were con­fis­cated in po­lice op­er­a­tions in Metro Manila since Fri­day.

In Taguig City, Jayson Es­guerra, 24, and Ro­dulf De­jos, 39, were ar­rested along M.L. Que­zon street in Barangay San Miguel at around 10:30 p.m., ac­cord­ing to Di­rec­tor Guillermo Eleazar, chief of the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion Po­lice Of­fice.

Eleazar said 525 grams of metham­phetamine hy­drochlo- ride or shabu, with a street value of P3.5 mil­lion, and 150 tablets of the anti-anx­i­ety drug Val­ium (di­azepam), with a street value of P12,000, were seized from the two men.

Es­guerra and De­jos get their shabu sup­ply from a con­victed mur­derer serv­ing his sen­tence at the Metro Manila City Jail, Eleazar said, but re­fused to name the con­vinct pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“The sup­plier of shabu is a mur­der con­vict who, like other de­tainees, got to know and ac­quainted with other drug per­son­al­i­ties in the jail and even­tu­ally he joined them in their il­le­gal busi­ness,” he said.

Eleazar said Es­guerra and De­jos op­er­ated in Taguig City, near the NCRPO head­quar­ters, and Rizal prov­ince.

Back in busi­ness, back in jail

Mean­while, a woman re­cently re­leased from jail yielded P720,000 worth of high­grade mar­i­juana in Que­zon City yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Eu­nice Zurya, 27, was ap­pre­hended in front of a fast­food res­tau­rant along Quirino High­way in Barangay Bag­bag at around 7:30 a.m. af­ter op­er­a­tives bought P36,000 worth of kush, a high-grade vari­ant of mar­i­juana, and P14,000 worth of mar­i­juana from her.

Two zi­plock plas­tic bags con­tain­ing 60 grams of kush mar­i­juana, five ki­los of mar­i­juana in nine plas­tic wraps and marked money were re­cov­ered from the sus­pect.

Probers said Zurya was re­leased from de­ten­tion in Septem­ber af­ter she en­tered into a plea bar­gain on drug charges.

At least 22 other drug sus­pects were ar­rested in sep­a­rate op­er­a­tions since Fri­day.

MIGUEL DE GUZMAN

A po­lice of­fi­cer takes an in­ven­tory of shabu and Val­ium tablets seized from Jayson Es­guerra and Ro­dulf De­jos (left photo) dur­ing a sting in Taguig City Fri­day night.

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