Some P3.4 million worth of suspected shabu were confiscated by police authorities in an operation in Caloocan City, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Tuesday.
In a statement, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said the illegal drugs were confiscated during an operation jointly conducted by the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Oct. 23 in Barangay 84.
A drug suspect, identified as Arturo dela Cruz Jr., aged 38 and works as a delivery rider, was arrested during the operation.
The PNP said police authorities were able to confiscate 500 grams of suspected shabu from the suspect, as well as a P1,000 bill used as buy-bust money and some boodle money.
“I commend the joint operatives of the PNP and PDEA for this successful operation. Inatasan ko ang ating kapulisan na imbestigahan pa ang insidente upang malaman ang operasyon ng suspek. Bilang isang delivery rider, marahil nagagamit ang kanyang trabaho sa pagdadala ng droga,” Eleazar said.
“Aalamin din natin kung sino ang supplier o grupong kinabibilangan ng suspek at saan dadalhin itong malaking halaga ng shabu. Posibleng isa siya sa pinagmumulan ng supply ng droga sa Kamaynilaan,” he added.
The suspect is currently under PDEA III custody while the complaint of violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 against him is being readied.
Following Dela Cruz’s arrest, the PNP Chief reminded delivery and courier service firms to carefully scrutinize persons they employ as delivery riders.
“Paalala rin ng PNP sa kanila na maging alerto sa mga maaaring gumamit sa kanilang serbisyo para magpa-deliver ng kontrabando, kasama na dito ang iligal na droga,” he said.
“Agad nilang ipagbigay-alam sa mga awtoridad sakaling may matunugan silang ganitong modus upang agad naming maaksyunan,” he added.