MANILA Authorities seized 15 kilos of suspected shabu and arrested a Chinese national, who is allegedly a member of a drug syndicate, in a buy-bust operation at the Quezon City Memorial Circle (QCMC), the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said on Wednesday.
Joel Plaza, PDEA-National Capital Region director, identified the suspect as Hongbo He, 45, a businessman and resident of Mariveles, Bataan, who was arrested by joint operatives of PDEA NCR and the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 10 at the park's parking area around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday.
The suspect yielded 15 pieces of transparent plastic packs weighing more or less 15 kilograms of suspected shabu with a standard drug price of PHP102 million, a cargo van vehicle, and the buy-bust money.
According to Plaza, the suspect has been under surveillance for almost three weeks when authorities received information that the Chinese national, who appears to be a member of a Chinese international drug syndicate, is involved in the illegal sale and distribution of dangerous drugs in the NCR.
The suspect is facing criminal charges for violation of Section 5 (sale of dangerous drugs) and Section 11 (illegal possession of dangerous drugs) of Article II of the R.A. 9165 otherwise known as "The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002". (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency