P20.4-million worth of shabu seized in Taguig

Published November 5, 2020, 10:27 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Taguig police seized P20.4-million worth of suspected shabu, or methamphetamine hydrochloride, and P50,040-worth of marijuana leaves in a buy-bust operation on November 4 in the city. 

The seized drugs and money from the buy-bust operation. (Taguig police/SPD)

Twelve male suspects were arrested by the police in the operation conducted at about 5:30 p.m. along P. Mariano Street in Barangay Ususan, Taguig by elements of the Taguig City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit led by Police Capt. Salvador Camacho under the supervision of Police Col. Celso Rodriguez and in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). 

Seized in the operation were 30 pieces of plastic bags containing shabu with a total weight of about three kilos and 27 sachets of dried marijuana leaves suspected to be kush, a cannabis variety, weighing 41.7 grams. The total estimated price for the drug haul is P20.45 million. The police also seized three digital weighing scales, two cell phones, an ecobag and cash. 

The Taguig police identified the suspects as Patrick Ace Tiñga, 24; Tom Jovy Cruz, 30; Charles, 17; Juan, 17; Elmer Bautista, 34; Winston Ray Lopez, 20; Jessie Aviles, 24; Jomari Lopez, 19; Chris Klein Lopena, 19; Adrian Dela Cruz, 22;  John Paul Esteban, 26; and John Christian Roxas, 34, all residents of Barangay Ususan. 

They are facing charges of possession of dangerous drugs under Section 11 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The suspects are detained at the Taguig Station Custodial Facility while the suspected shabu was sent to the Southern Police District Crime Laboratory for chemical analysis. 

SPD director Police Brigadier General Emmanuel Peralta lauded the Taguig police for the operation.