TWO “high-value targets” (HVTs) in Metro Manila were arrested by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) after they conspired to sell 500 grams of shabu worth P3.4 million to an undercover officer in Quiapo, Manila on Thursday, PDEA chair Director General Wilkins M. Villanueva said.
Suspects Allan Taha Usman and Rocky Pablo Cornelio are now facing non-bailable charges for sale and possession of prohibited drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, said the PDEA chief.
According to Villanueva, the two HVTs were arrested in a buy-bust operation in front of Mr. D.I.Y. located along Hidalgo corner Barbosa Streets in Bgy. 383 in Quaipo around 1:20 p.m. Thursday.
Members of the PDEA Regional Office 4-A recovered half-a-kilo of the so-called “poor man’s cocaine” and the boodle money topped by some marked bills from the suspects.
Villanueva also reported the arrest of two suspected marijuana traffickers and their young companion during an anti-drug operation in Tuba, Benguet last Wednesday.
He said that recovered from the possession of the suspects were around 20 kilograms of dried marijuana leaves wrapped in packaging tape and valued at P2.4 million.
Villanueva said the suspects identified as Laista Pedro, 20, and Jimmer Bedkingan, 27, along with their male minor companion were apprehended in a sting in Poblacion, Tuba Wednesday afternoon.
The young suspect was placed under the custody of the local social welfare and development office.
Villanueva said the operation was conducted amid a report from an informant about the presence of a group of marijuana dealers about to transport a huge volume of cannabis from Benguet to the provinces of Nueva Ecija and Tarlac.