4 nabbed, P149-M shabu seized in Valenzuela, Pampanga ops

By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

May 23, 2022, 4:43 pm

<p><em>(Photo courtesy of PNP PDEG)</em></p>

(Photo courtesy of PNP PDEG)

MANILA – Anti-narcotics operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) seized over PHP149 million worth of shabu from three drug suspects in separate buy-bust operations in Valenzuela City and Pampanga on Sunday, a police official said.

In a report, Brig. Gen. Randy Peralta, chief of the PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG), identified the suspects as Joseph Villamor Malasaga, 50; Algie Mingote Nabenia, 43; and Nolan Sarlego Julia, 38. The suspects were arrested at around 11:30 a.m. along Maysan Road corner Cecilio J. Santos St. in Valenzuela City.

Police, together with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), recovered 12 kilograms of shabu with an estimated value of PHP81.6 million, one piece of PHP1,000 bill on top of 10 bundles of boodle money, a Honda Civic with plate number UFY 330, assorted IDs and documents and two mobile phones.

The suspects will be charged with violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 while the pieces of evidence seized in the operation were brought to PDEG in Camp Crame for documentation.

In another operation, authorities seized PHP68 million worth of shabu from Brenelyn Riños Urgel and his two unidentified cohorts, who managed to escape, at Mt. View Subdivision, Barangay Balibago, Angeles City at around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Seized were 10 kilograms of shabu worth PHP68 million, PHP1,000 bill used as boodle money, black Toyota Corolla Altis with plate number ZBF 850, assorted drug paraphernalia, and documents. (PNA)