P70M shabu seized, 8 arrested in Bulacan drug bust

Eight suspected members of a bigtime drug syndicate operating in National Capital Region, Central Luzon and areas of Southern Tagalog were arrested wherein P70 million worth of shabu were confiscated in their possession during a buy bust operation in Barangay Pandayan in Meycauayan, Bulacan on Wednesday morning.

PCol. Lawrence Cajipe, Bulacan Police director in his report to Police Regional Office 3 director PBGen Rhodel Sermonia identified the arrested suspects as Sandy Domingo, 41, of Barangay Pantoc, Meycauayan City; Nida Barrientos, 54, of Tondo, Manila; Rhodora Jose, 43, also from Tondo, Manila; Christian Villaflores, 39, of Meycauayan City, Bulacan; Milky Joy Principe, 33, of Marilao, Bulacan; Kevin Limbo, 27, of Valenzuela City; Bernard Flores, 46, also from Valenzuela City; and Clifford Bello, 35, of San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan.

Sermonia said that the neutralization of the illegal drug syndicate was a joint operation of elements of Meycauayan City Police, Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) Bulacan, PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) where more than 10 kilograms of shabu with street value of more or less Php70 Million was confiscated.

The suspects according to Sermonia are included in the government’s watch list for High Value Target in the war against illegal drugs.

The top cop of Region 3 added that the syndicate has open access to warehouses operated by a group with direct connections to the main source of illegal drugs from Mainland China and are responsible for the bulk distribution of illegal drugs in Central Luzon, Metro Manila and some parts of Southern Tagalog areas.

Sermonia also said that this recent gains in the neutralization of big-time illegal drugs syndicate is part of the cohesive campaign of the PNP in Central Luzon in compliance with the directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to seize every opportunity to be on the offensive against illegal drugs operators, which PNP Chief, Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa reiterated to all police commanders.

The PNP Chief lauded the operating troops for this landmark accomplishment in the fight against illegal drugs and issued directive to all police commanders in Central Luzon to keep up the aggressive drive until all illegal drugs suspects, local and foreign, who are listed as High Value Targets are all arrested and charged in court.

All suspects will be charged with Violation of Sections 5, 11, 26, Article ll, of Republic Act 9165 or the Anti-Illegal Drugs Law.”Your police here in Central Luzon will have no let-up on our crackdown on all forms of lawlessness amidst this pandemic and we will continue to deliver our relentless outstanding service to the communities of Region 3,” Sermonia said.