Anti-drug operations continue despite Luzon lockdown; P14M shabu seized

Jervis Manahan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 31 2020 05:34 AM

Two kilograms of shabu amounting to P14 million were seized by drug enforcement officers of the Novaliches Police Station in Quezon City late Monday.

The suspect, a 31-year-old man with alias "Jin", was arrested inside a room in an apartelle, which for some reason remained open despite the quarantine.

Asked for details, Jin claimed he came all the way from Batangas to deliver a "package" in Quezon City.

"Inutusan lang po ako, dalhin ko raw dito tas may kukuha raw," he said.

The suspect said a certain "Dennis" gave the package and asked him not to open it.

From Batangas, the suspect said he was able to pass through two police checkpoints without being caught by authorities manning it.

"Hindi naman nila chineck dala ko," the suspect said.

"Expert yung kasama ko. May pinakita sya lisensya sa checkpoint. Tapos nakakalusot kami."

Thus, he was able to bring the package in an apartelle room where someone was supposed to pick it up.

Novaliches Police Chief Lt.Col. Hector Amancia said drug pushers have their own creative ways on continuing their drug businesses despite the lockdown.

"Yung mga suspek, gagawa talaga yan ng paraan paano mailusot droga. Hindi ko alam paano nakalusot yan," he said.

Amancia said because of the challenges of the lockdown, they were limited to do fewer drug operations.

But he said the number of pushers and illegal activities isn't going down.

"Yung anti-criminality campaign, hindi tumitigil yan despite the ECQ, may masasamang elemento at may krimen pa rin." Amancia said.

Prior to this, top ranking officers of the Philippine National Police claimed that number of index crimes significantly lowered upon the declaration of the enhanced community quarantine.

Amancia says it's quite possible that people who were left jobless after the lockdown would turn into drug transactions to make a living.

"Nafo-foresee naman ito ng kapulisan. Hindi naman tayo tumitigil sa pagbabantay."