P748K worth of shabu seized from former OFW in Malolos

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The suspected drug peddler Marites Montallana arrested by the Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) of the City of Malolos on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 13, 2020) in Brgy. Mojon. (Photo courtesy of Malolos PNP)

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — A 46-year old former Overseas Filipino worker (OFW) was arrested by the members of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) after having found in her possession suspected illegal drugs approximately worth P748,000 and assorted drug paraphernalia during a buy-bust operation in Brgy. Mojon here Sunday afternoon.

Based on the report of P/Lt. Col. Jacqueline Puapo, Malolos City police chief identified the suspect as Marites Montallana, 46-year-old, married, new tenants in one of the apartments in the said barangay and hails in Olongapo City.

According to Puapo, she sent her SDEU chief P/Chief Master Sergeant Jayson Salvador and his men at around 3:15 a.m. to conduct a buy-bust operation against the suspect after confirming by a police asset that there were illegal transactions conducted by the suspect in her newly acquired apartment.

“The drug transactions of suspect Montallana are hugely based on the transaction slip obtained in the remittances so it is considered a big-time supplier of illegal drugs,” Puapo said.

Confiscated by the operating troops from the suspect’s possession were 110 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu with a street value of P748,000.00 in several plastic transparent sachets, a small weighing scale, drugs paraphernalia, and the P1,000 marked money.

According to the suspect, a large amount of shabu came from her supplier, a Muslim, who was dumped on him at a well-known mall in Marikina City, which she allegedly sold to customers in Malolos and some places in Metro Manila.

“The suspect is considered a high-value target based on the extent of her illegal drug transactions and the volume of the recovered shabu,” Puapo said.

Montallana, who is detained at the City of Malolos lockup, will be charged with violation of sections 5 and 11 or selling and possession of dangerous drugs, under Article II of Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (RONDA BALITA Online)

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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, an editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, Lingguhang Pahayagan ng Masang Intelihente, and RONDA Balita Online News was a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated Philosophy as major course, Political Science as minor, at the University of Santo Tomas, Legaspi City but landed and became a journalist. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, Peoples Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before he was simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspaper in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). A former Journal Group Bulacan correspondent, Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.

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