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P27M illegal drugs seized in Taguig, LP

December 14, 2022 Edd Reyes 385 views

MORE than P27 million worth of illegal drugs were seized by authorities from three arrested drug personalities, including the alleged leader of notorious criminal group, in separate one-time-big-time (OTBT) and buy-bust operations Tuesday in Taguig and Las Pinas Cities.

Southern Police District (SPD) Director P/BGen. Kirby John Kraft said the arrest of the alleged leader of the “Utto Criminal Group” identified as Basser Utto, 32, and his pregnant wife Normina Datuan, 24, was the result of the Oplan Sita conducted by elements of Taguig Police Sub-Station 7 and Intelligence Section in relation to the ongoing OTBT operation.

In his report to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director P/MGen. Jonnel Estomo, BGen. Kraft said Taguig police flagged down the suspects who were on board a blue Toyota Vios (EAD-2382) for driving recklessly at the corner of Pendatun and Old Housing Streets, Brgy. Maharlika at around 11:45 p.m.

When lawmen partially saw opened green tea bags inside the car containing suspected shabu, they instructed the suspects to alight from their vehicle and there they discovered three Chinese tea bags containing 60 pieces of medium size plastic sachet of shabu inside the vehicle weighing more or less 3000 grams with standard drug price of P20,400,000.

BGen. Kraft told MGen. Estomo that the Utto Criminal Group was allegedly responsible for the proliferation of illegal drugs in Taguig and nearby cities.

At around 4:30 p.m., operatives of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) of Las Pinas Police arrested Jayson Lucas, 37, in a buy-bust operation along Bayabas St. BF International Village, CAA, Las Pinas City.

Police seized from Lucas more or less one kilo of suspected shabu with a street value of P6,800,000, three transparent plastic sachet containing shabu weighing 3.3 grams worth P22,440 and three pieces of marked P1,000 bill used in the sting.

BGen. Kraft lauded the efforts of the operating personnel for staying true to their sworn duties and responsibilities and vowed to continue keeping the Southern Metro Manila safe especially during the holidays where people will be celebrating the joyous occasion.

“I am confident we can do more to eliminate illegal drugs in the future. Salamat sa ating mga pulis sa patuloy na pagtupad sa kanilang tungkulin na protektahan ang ating mga mamamayan. Saludo ako sa inyong husay at katapangang na malaking ambag sa kaayusan at kapayapaan ng bansa,” he added.