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P13.4M worth of shabu, marijuana seized in Cavite, Nueva Ecija; 4 arrested

Authorities seized P13.4 million worth of suspected shabu and marijuana from four suspected pushers during separate buy-bust operations in Cavite and Nueva Ecija.

According to the Philippine National Police, operatives from the PNP Drug Enforcement Group and Imus, Cavite police arrested three drug suspects at 12:15 a.m. on Thursday. They were identified as Aina Maamor, 20; Sittie Pagayao, 30; and Michael Romualdez, 33.

A kilo of suspected shabu worth P6.8 million, a P2,000 bill and bundles of boodle money were seized from the suspects.

Police said the three suspects belong to a well-known drug syndicate in the area and distribute a large volume of drugs to their clients in Metro Manila and CALABARZON.

During investigation, police said the suspects revealed that they got their supply of illegal drugs from Jin Chi Chen, a Chinese national detained in Bicutan.

Meanwhile, PDEG operatives, together with the 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company Bataan, San Jose police, Nueva Ecija police, Balanga police, Bataan police, PDEA Regional Office 3 and the Regional Intelligence Unit 2 and 3 of PRO 3, arrested an alleged drug courier in the area of Region 2, 3, NCR and Cordillera.

The suspect was identified as Erwin Mariano, 21.

Seized from the suspect were 55 kilograms of alleged marijuana bricks worth P6.6 million pesos, an Isuzu dump truck, a caliber 22 revolver loaded with six ammunition, a cell phone, a radio baofeng, a wallet containing different IDs, forty ammunition for cal 9mm pistol and P290,000 boodle money.

Police said Mariano was one of the alleged illegal drugs couriers from Mountain Province operating in Region 2, 3, Cordillera and NCR.

Meanwhile, two cohorts of Mariano identified as "Jayson" and Sammy Damaso are at large.

All four suspects face charges for alleged violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. — Ma. Angelica Garcia/BM, GMA News