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2 ‘high-value’ drug traffickers yield P3.9M shabu in Lucena City



LUCENA CITY — This city’s illegal drug enforcement officers seized more than 3.9 million pesos worth of shabu (crystal meth) from two “high-value” drug dealers in a buyout operation on Tuesday, 15 august.

Lucena Police Chief Lt. Col. Ruben Ballera Jr., in a Wednesday, Aug. 16 report, said Angelo Tongo, 25, and Judel Gutlay, 33, were arrested at 6:54 p.m. after sold for 30,000 pesos worth of shabu to an undercover cop in Barangay Ibabang Iyam.

Authorities confiscated from the suspects 13 plastic bags of methamphetamine weighing a total of 196 grams with a value estimated by the Dangerous Drugs Board at P1,332,800.

The seized methamphetamine is worth 3,998,400 pesos on the street market at 20,400 pesos per gram, according to the report.

Police also confiscated a motorbike which was allegedly used by the suspects in their drug dealing.

Authorities are investigating the source of the drug.

Police said the two suspects were on the police watch list as high value individuals in the local drug trade.

On August 9, anti-narcotics officers in this city also arrested Alibsar Macasari, a major drug trafficker in an undercover operation.

The suspect, who is based in Cavite province, sold shabu for 8,160,000 pesos in the street market.

All suspects are being held and charged with breaching the Dangerous Drugs Act 2002.


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