CABANATUAN CITY – Two women tagged as suspected “big-time” drug traffickers were arrested, and authorities seized some three kilos of shabu worth more than P20 million during a buy-bust operation conducted by members of the Nueva Ecija Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU) inside a posh subdivision here on Wednesday afternoon.
The latest drug haul is considered the largest so far during the almost three-month stint of Provincial Police Chief Col. Jess B. Mendez, who assumed the command here on January 9.
Mendez identified the two arrested female suspects as Sittie Pindatun, 30, and Nor-an Bilal, 26, both of Barangay H-2, Dasmariñas City, Cavite.
The duo was collared during a drug sting at the Lakewood Subdivision in Bgy. Sumacab Este at 4:30 p.m.
Joint operating units of the PDEU, the CIDG-NE, PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency)-Region 3, Cabanatuan City Police, and the 1st and 2nd Provincial Mobile Force groups joined forces in conducting the successful operation, said Mendez.
Seized during the sting were three kilos of shabu with an estimated street value of P20,400,000.
Mendez said his men initially purchased two plastic sachets of shabu placed inside sealed green Chinese Pin Wei plastic tea bags, resulting in the subsequent confiscation of the illegal drugs packed in 10 separate knot-tied transparent plastic bags.
Other evidence recovered were a genuine P1,000 with 19 bundles of P1,000 used as boodle money and two smartphones.
Mendez said the inventory and marking of pieces of evidence are currently being undertaken while charges for violation of Section 5, Article 2 of RA 9165 will be prepared for inquest filing at the City Prosecutor against the suspects.