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No masks lead to shabu grab

Police seized more than P700,000 worth of shabu from two Makati City residents who they initially caught for violating the curfew hours and for not wearing face masks.

Arrested were Roy Laurence Bonbon, 41, a resident of Block 106 Lot 09 T.M. Kalaw Street, and John Kenneth Balong, 20, of Block 58 Lot 6 Macopa Street, both of Barangay Rizal.

Reports from the Southern Police District showed that members of the Makati City Police Sub-Station 9 were conducting their routine patrol operation around 3:30 a.m. Thursday when they saw Bonbon and Balong along T.M. Kalaw street.

The police officers alighted from their mobile cars and approached the suspects, but the two ran off, trying to elude arrest. The authorities chased and arrested them.

The police said they initially accosted the suspects for violating safety protocols imposed by the government while Metro Manila is placed under the general community quarantine status amid the coronavirus disease pandemic.  

But when the lawmen searched the suspects’ belongings, they found the prohibited substance worth P749,000 and drug paraphernalia.

Seized from the suspects include nine plastic sachets containing shabu, two disposable lighters, one bundle of empty plastic sachets, one pair of scissors, a Nike sling bag, a drug weighing scale, and a mobile phone, among others.

SPD director Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Peralta commended his men from Makati Police for their latest accomplishment.

“I commend Makati City Police Station for another big achievement for us. Confiscating P749,000 worth of shabu will greatly contribute to our campaign of eliminating illegal drugs in Southern Metro,” he said. 

The suspects, now detained at the Makati Custodial Facility, will be charged with violation of Sections 11 and 12 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and City Ordinance 25 (Curfew Hours and Non-wearing of Face Mask).

The seized illegal drugs will be turned over to SPD Crime Laboratory Office. 

Topics: Makati City , Drugs , general community quarantine , COVID-19 , Emmanuel Peralta
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