CAUGHT. Police agents process 3,800 grams of shabu worth PHP25.8 million and other evidence after a buy-bust in Caloocan City on Saturday night (May 27, 2023). Two suspects (right row, 3rd and 4th from left) were nabbed after selling the illegal substance to a poseur buyer. (Courtesy of Caloocan City Police Station Facebook)

MANILA – Agents of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) seized PHP25.8 million worth of shabu from two high-value targets in a buy-bust in Caloocan City over the weekend.

In a report on Sunday, NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Edgar Alan Okubo said suspects Edgardo Vargas, 42 and Lenard Buenaventura, 20, were arrested in Barangay 160 by combined teams from the Caloocan City and Valenzuela City police stations and 3rd Mobile Force Company of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion.

The suspects yielded 3,800 grams of shabu and a .32 caliber with live ammunition.

Patuloy lang tayo sa mga pinaigting na operasyon laban sa iligal na droga at iba pang krimen sa Metro Manila. Pagtutulungan po ng bawat kapulisan na mapanatiling tahimik at ligtas ang ating rehiyon sa anumang oras at pagkakataon (We will continue with intensified operations against illegal drugs and other crimes in Metro Manila. The police force will always try to keep our region quiet and safe at all times)," Okubo said in a statement.

In Navotas City, agents of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested three suspects for selling suspected smuggled seafood products worth PHP1.4 million.

Cashiers Alma Aden, 47, and Cheryl Elizalde, 38; and 22-year-old delivery staff Tito Ybañez Jr. were caught in the act of selling “pampano” but upon verification, the suspects failed to show pertinent documents authorizing them to sell, according to another statement from CIDG chief Brig. Gen. Romeo Caramat Jr.

Caramat said the operation, conducted with the Department of Agriculture Inspectorate and Enforcement Unit and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources on Friday night, yielded 714 boxes of assorted seafood products with an estimated market value of PHP1,420,200. (PNA)