By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
Almost P10 million worth of suspected shabu were seized in two separate drug busts in Malabon City and Caloocan City on Christmas Eve.
In Malabon, John Rey Marasigan, 19, jobless, of Barangay Tangos North, Navotas City, was arrested following hot pursuit operations in Barangay Dampalit at about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday. Marasigan is included in the police’s drug watch list and is also facing charges for frustrated murder, investigators said.
Eight plastic bags of suspected shabu weighing 387 grams and worth about P2,631,600; a caliber .45 pistol; a caliber .45 magazine; and seven live ammunition; and P4,700 in cash were confiscated from the suspect.
A few hours later, police arrested Gapar Ramos Dibangkitun, alias “Bryan,” 18, jobless, of Barangay 188, Tala, Caloocan.
Investigation showed that policemen manning at a checkpoint in Barangay 188, Tala, Caloocan, flagged down Dibangkitun, who was onboard a red and black Kymco motorcycle.
Instead of stopping, the suspect accelerated his motorcycle, but lost control of the vehicle and bumped into an Innova driven by Jabber Dipatuan, 37.
Police retrieved a Chinese tea bag containing suspected shabu weighing about 1 kilo and an estimated value of P6.8 million, and some of the suspect’s personal belongings.
The seized pieces of drug evidence from the two suspects were taken to the Northern Police District Crime Laboratory Office in Caloocan City for laboratory examination, while the retrieved firearms were taken to the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory Office at Camp Crame in Quezon City for ballistic examination.
The arrested suspects face charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and other appropriate charges.