Anti-narcotics operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) seized close to P252 million worth of suspected shabu from two suspects following a buy-bust Saturday in Cavite.
Police identified the suspects as Datu Ali Dayo Sampulna, 38; and Almira Karao Sampulna, 30, both of Cotabato City.
In a statement on Sunday, PNP Drug Enforcement Group chief Brig. Gen. Narciso Domingo said the suspects were arrested at 7:20 p.m. at Block 1, Lot 66, Happy Homes, Barangay Buhay na Tubig, Imus City.
The two, who are charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2022, yielded around 37 kilos of suspected shabu worth PHP251.6 million, drug paraphernalia, cellphones, assorted identification cards, and remittance receipts, Domingo said.
In Quezon City, members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized 500 grams of suspected shabu worth P3.4 million during a buy-bust in Barangay Bagong Pagasa that led to the arrest of Mansawi Lala, 38.
Also seized from the suspect were P1,000 marked money and identification cards.
The suspect is now under the custody of the PDEA and is facing drug charges.
Meanwhile in Dumaguete City, close to P36 million worth of suspected shabu and marijuana was seized in various anti-illegal drug operations in Negros Oriental in 2021.
A consolidated report from the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) showed that last year, the total volume of shabu seized was pegged at 5,255.26 grams.
On the other hand, marijuana seized was pegged at 95.74 grams.
The aggregate street value of the illegal drugs totaled over P35.747 million, the report said.
The NOPPO conducted 474 operations last year in which 515 suspects were arrested.
These included 68 high-value individuals, 422 street-level individuals on the police’s watch list of suspected drug personalities, and 25 other suspects.
Meanwhile, the province of Negros Oriental was judged the 2021 Best Performing Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) in the Central Visayas region.
Other awards also included the High Functional Provincial ADAC and Functional Peace and Order Council.
Gov. Roel Degamo received the award on Tuesday at a hotel in Cebu City, with Regional Director Leocadio Trovela of the Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 7 leading the rites.
The awards were given based on the official results of the recently concluded 2021 ADAC Performance Audit and 2021 Peace and Order Council Performance Audit where the Province of Negros Oriental garnered 90.5 points and 98.25 percent, respectively.