The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency is looking into the possibility that somebody may have alerted the three suspects, who managed to escape, during a buy-bust operation in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, that led to the recovery of about six kilos of shabu, valued at P72 million.
But what is important was the recovery of the six kilos of shabu, Emerson Margate, newly-designated regional director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency of Western Visayas, told Bombo Radyo.
Despite the participation of several law enforcement agencies, including the Philippine Army, Margate said the three suspects identified as alias Potot, and couple, Armando and Josephine Paracuelles, still managed to escape.
The seizure of the P72 million worth of shabu was considered by the police and PDEA as the biggest haul of illegal drugs in the Western Visayas, in recent years.
Although they managed to escape, Supt. D’ Artagnan Katalbas, San Carlos City police chief, said that charges will be filed against the three suspects for violation of RA 9165, or the Comprehensive Drug Act of 2002, as he expects the issuance of arrest warrants against them within this month.
Katalbas said the Paracuelles couple, and alias Potot, are among the new players in the illegal drugs business, being tapped by organized syndicates.
Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, congratulated the San Carlos police for a job well done, in tandem with PDEA, and other law enforcement agencies.*GPB
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