The continuing police crackdown on illegal drugs in southern Metro Manila yielded 13 suspects arrested and the seizure of shabu worth more than P4.5 million on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in the cities of Makati and Taguig.
Those arrested in Makati were identified as Christian Chavez, alias Nestor, 24; Jay-ar Padilla, alias Onyok, 34, and Ryan Magalong, 40.
The city’s Station Drug Enforcement Unit nabbed the suspects in a buy-bust operation at 4050 Bernardino Street in Barangay Guadalupe Viejo around 6 p.m.
Seized from the suspects were 617 grams of shabu worth P4,195,600, a Samsonite belt bag, and the money used in the entrapment.
A follow up operation around a few hours later resulted in the arrest of another batch of suspects. They were Melanie Arsola Cabarles, 30; Eric Gaon Versoza, alias Bunek, 36; Noel Arsula Cabarles, 27; Emanuel Arsula Cabarles, 23; Rolando Cabansag Quilatan, 43, and JB Nerie Deloguines Vasquez, 34.
At least 25 grams of shabu worth P170,000 were recovered from the suspects.
Meanwhile, operatives of the Taguig City Police Station – Drug Enforcement Unit seized at least 14 grams of shabu and arrested Ruby Jane Dolar, 26, along Kakaw Street in Barangay Western Bicutan around 2 am.
Three more suspects were arrested 30 minutes later. They were identified as Erdie Manuel, alias Joaquin, 42; Ronnel Ferma, 24; and Edgardo Lubarbio, 50. The police seized some P54,400 worth of shabu and the buy-bust money from the suspects.
The suspects are now in police custody while the seized prohibited substance were turned over to the Southern Police District – Forensic Unit for chemical analysis.
SPD director Brig. Gen. Jimili Macaraeg commended his men for the latest accomplishment, adding that he will make sure that they will continue to intensify the campaign against illegal drugs.
“The SPD is committed to stop illegal drug trade in our area, because it is a serious threat to the community. That is why our police on the ground are working tirelessly to keep our area of responsibility safe and peaceful,” he said.