Delivery rider yields P3.4M worth of shabu; PNP lauds ops

Delivery rider yields P3.4M worth of shabu; PNP lauds ops

PHILIPPINE National Police Chief, Police General Guillermo Lorenzo  Eleazar lauded the joint anti-illegal drugs operations of the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Caloocan City that yielded some P3.4 million worth of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.

Reports reaching his office indicate that suspect Arturo Dela Cruz Jr., 38, a delivery rider, of Navotas City, was arrested during the operation conducted last Saturday (October 23) in front of a fast food chain along Loreto St., Barangay 84 in Caloocan City.

Authorities were able to confiscate 500 grams of suspected shabu, worth P3.4 million from the suspect, as well as a P1,000 bill used as buy-bust money and some boodle money.

Eleazar tasked the local police to conduct a follow-up investigation to determine the extent of Dela Cruz’s operations and his possible affiliation with an illegal drug syndicate.

“I commend the joint operatives of the PNP and PDEA for this successful operation. Inatasan ko ang ating kapulisan na imbestigahan pa ang insidente upang malaman ang operasyon ng suspek. Bilang isang delivery rider, marahil nagagamit ang kanyang trabaho sa pagdadala ng droga,” Eleazar said.

“Aalamin din natin kung sino ang supplier o grupong kinabibilangan ng suspek at saan dadalhin itong malaking halaga ng shabu. Posibleng isa siya sa pinagmumulan ng supply ng droga sa Kamaynilaan,” he added.

The suspect is in the custody of PDEA III office while the complaint of violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 against him is being readied.

Following Dela Cruz’s arrest, the PNP Chief reminded delivery and courier service firms to carefully scrutinize persons they employ as delivery riders.

“Pinapaalalahanan natin ang mga delivery at courier service companies na kilatising mabuti ang kanilang mga kinukuhang delivery riders para siguraduhing hindi nagagamit ang kanilang mga kumpanya para sa mga ilegal na transaksyon at paghahatid ng mga kontrabando,” Eleazar said.

He added, “Paalala rin ng PNP sa kanila na maging alerto sa mga maaaring gumamit sa kanilang serbisyo para magpa-deliver ng kontrabando, kasama na dito ang ilegal na droga. Agad nilang ipagbigay-alam sa mga awtoridad sakaling may matunugan silang ganitong modus upang agad naming maaksyunan.”


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