SBMA drug bust yields shabu, 4 arrested

Some P300,000 worth of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) were intercepted in the Subic Bay Freeport by anti-illegal drugs operatives on Sunday, a top official of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 3 announced.

Newly-appointed PDEA-3 director Emerson L. Margate said four suspected shabu couriers, including two women, were arrested. They were identified as Lucky Mangohig, 34; Ariane Aguilar, 27; Ronnel Salvador, 23 and Jomel Mangohig, 36, all residents of Olongapo City.

Margate said the suspects were on board an unlicensed black Ford Escape apparently to deliver illegal drugs to a client, which turned out to be PDEA-3 undercover, along 13B Mango Drive, Benictican in this Freeport.

The suspects met with the poseur buyer past 5 p.m. and were immediately arrested after handing over the bags of shabu.

Margate said the suspects negotiated the sale of shabu to PDEA agents who agreed to purchase some 100 grams for P180,000.

The suspects and poseur buyer agreed to meet in Barangay Binictan, Olongapo City.

The suspects yielded a piece of knot-tied transparent ice bag containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu with an estimated street value of P300,000.

PDEA-3 operatives also seized the suspects’ motor vehicle; several BDO passbook and deposit slips; and money used in the operation.

All the suspects are detained at the PDEA Jail Facility in Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando, Pampanga as violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act is being readied against them.

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