MORE than P1 million worth of shabu was seized by authorities from a woman and two of her cohorts in a buy-bust operation Sunday afternoon in Caloocan City.
Northern Police District (NPD) Director P/BGen. Ulysses Cruz identified the arrested drug personalities as Esmeralda Pangyarihan 28, resident of General Concepcion St. Brgy. 132, Caloocan City, Rakim Batua, 18 and Mohammad Umpa, 20, both of Dimaraya St. Brgy. 645, Quiapo, Manila.
Caloocan police chief P/Col. Samuel Mina said the arrest of the suspects stemmed from a week-long surveillance and monitoring operation conducted by operatives of Caloocan Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) led by P/Lt. Gilmera Marinas against Pangyarihan who was considered high-value target personality.
At around 5:30 p.m., joint operatives of DEU and Regional Mobile Force Battalion-National Capital Region Police Office (RMFB-NCRPO) arrested Pangyarihan and her two accomplices after she handed a knot-tied plastic bag of shabu to a police poseur-buyer in exchange for P80,000 marked money.
Police recovered from Pangyarihan two knot-tied plastic bags, including the subjet of buy-bust operation, the marked money consisting of one genuine P1,000 bill and 79 pieces of P1,000 boodle money while one each of knot-tied plastic bags of shabu were also seized from Batua and Umpa.
Col. Mina said a total of 202 grams of shabu with a standard drug price of P1,373,000 were seized by his men while charges for selling, possession and conspiracy will be filed against the arrested suspects before the Caloocan City Prosecutor’s Office.