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P7-M drugs seized during Sinulog

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The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA-7) seized a total of 1.3 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” worth P7 million in a series of operations during the Sinulog festivities.

Agents of PDEA-7 conducted six anti-drug operations from January 18 to 21 that led to the arrest of 10 suspected illegal drug traders in the cities of Cebu and Mandaue.

Charges are now being prepared against the suspects for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

According to PDEA-7 Director Emerson Margate on Tuesday, the confiscated drugs came from Mindanao and the suspects were actually in the watchlist of PDEA-9 in the Zamboanga Peninsula.

Margate said that illegal drugs in Cebu usually came from Manila, but this year, the illegal drugs came from Mindanao.

“Usually, the prohibited substances that come here are from Manila,” Margate said. “Now, they (drug traders) are using back door to transport illegal drugs to Cebu.”

“They took advantage of the Sinulog as they know many people will come here,” he added.

Three drug personalities were arrested in a police operation around 10:50 p.m. Monday in Barangay Tisa, this city.

The City Drug Enforcement Unit, led by Chief Inspector Cristopher Navida, conducted the operation in response to a complaint from a concerned citizen regarding the rampant illegal drugs trade in Sitio Mangga of said barangay.

Recovered from the suspects were plastic packs of shabu weighing 20.95 grams with a Dangerous Drugs Board value of P247,210. (Michelle Bugtai/PNA)