URDANETA CITY, Pangasinan — Four Chinese nationals were arrested, and seized 18.81 kilos of suspected shabu valued at P124 million worth of shabu in a series of operations conducted by the combined elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, National Bureau of Investigation-Task Force Against Illegal Drugs, NBI-Laoag District Office, NBI-Dagupan District Office, and the Pangasinan police on Friday.
NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin identified the arrested foreigners as Lu Jun, Lui Bin, Li Yu and Ye Ling.
Lavin said suspects will be brought before the Department of Justice (DOJ) for inquest for violating Republic Act 9165, the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The NBI official added that Li Yu will also be charged for possessing a fake Philippine passport in violation of Article 171 in relation to 172 of the Revised Penal Code.
On the other hand, he said Ye Ling has been referred to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for its appropriate action after being found to be undocumented.
Lavin said that the suspects were arrested during operations conducted jointly by the NBI’s Task Force Against Illegal Drugs (NBI-TFAID) and NBI Laoag District Office in collaboration with NBI Dagupan District Office, Philippine National Police (PNP) Pangasinan Regional Office, and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Pangasinan Regional Office.
“They have their warehouse in Pangasinan area, but their distribution exists as far as Manila,” he noted.
With this, Lavin appealed to the public to report to authorities “any indications na meron activities involving illegal drugs in your area.”
During the operations, Lavin said operatives were able to seize a total of 18.81 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, with an estimated total value of P124 million.
NBI-TFAID Chief Jonathan Ross Galicia said the operations stemmed from intelligence information that a black Toyota Grandia was transporting illegal drugs.
“We are able to intercept it,” said Galicia.
After waiting since May 21, NBI agents on May 23 spotted and stopped the Grandia driven by Lu Jun near the Dona Trinidad Subdivision in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan where 10 transparent ziplock bags containing shabu were seized.
After securing search warrants, authorities conducted follow-up operations the same day and arrested Lui Bin in a house inside Dona Trinidad Subdivision.
According to the PDEA, the Chinese Embassy has been notified about the four suspects who are scheduled for inquest for violation of Republic Act No. 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The suspects refused to issue any statement and answer questions even if one of them speaks English.
Source: Manila Bulletin