BREAKING: P120M Halaga Ng Shabu Ang Nakumpiska sa Tondo Drug Bust Operation

MANILA, April 3, 2017 (PNA) — Operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation-National Capital Region (NBI-NCR) seized an estimated of P120 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) and several firearms from two suspected members of a drug syndicate during an anti-drug operation in Tondo, Manila over the weekend.
NBI-NCR Atty. Cesar A. Bacani said the suspects, whom he identified as Edris Bolug Macalabo and Arvin Belleza Zapanta, were arrested by along R-10 near the Manila North Harbor last April 1.
Bacani said the group of Macalabo and Zapanta operates in Manila and nearby provinces like Cavite.
He said the the NBI-NCR received an intelligence information on March 29 that a drug syndicate headed by a certain alias Kim a.k.a. Boy Muslim would be transporting several kilograms of shabu and several firearms from Manila to Mindanao.
The operation was conducted in collaboration with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
Confiscated from the two suspects was a travel bag loaded with 24 plastic bags, each containing crystalline substances with a total net weight of 19.831 kilograms with an estimate value of P120 million.
Also found inside the suspects’ Toyota Corolla with plate number WDJ-567 were ten .45 caliber pistols, ten .38 caliber revolvers, five 9 mm submachine guns, ten 9-mm magazine clips, nineteen .45 caliber magazines, four suppressors for 9-mm, and thirty 9 mm live bullets.
The suspects failed to provide documents and permits for the said items.
The registered owner of the vehicle is being verified with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for workable leads against other members of the syndicate.
Bacani said the confiscated drugs and firearms were supposed to be transported to Mindanao.
The two suspects were subjected to inquest before the Department of Justice for violation of Section 5 and 11 in relation to Section 26 of R.A. 9165 (comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2012) and violation of Section 28 of R.A. 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act).
NBI spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin said the bureau is now conducting further investigation to identify the connections of the suspects’ group to syndicates and terror groups in southern Philippines. (Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan/PNA)

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