P6.3 M of shabu seized in Pavia drug sting

Colonel Roland Vilela (left), Iloilo police provincial director, examines the more or less P6.3 million worth of suspected shabu seized from a mother and her son in Pavia, Iloilo. (Jennifer P. Rendon)

By Jennifer P. Rendon

Sachets of suspected shabu worth P6.3 million were seized in an anti-drug operation at Barangay Ungka Dos, Pavia, Iloilo late afternoon of Feb. 2, 2020.

Police temporarily withheld the names of the two suspects pending follow-up investigation.

The duo allegedly sold a sachet of suspected shabu worth P75,000.

Following their arrest, members of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit seized 420 grams of suspected shabu.

One of the suspects admitted that the shabu arrived a few days before Dinagyang Festival.

The supply came from a source at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City and was brought to Iloilo province through Ro-Ro or roll on-roll off ship.

The supply was around 2 kilos.

“One kilo was brought to Manila while the remaining was left here in Iloilo,” he said in vernacular.

The 420 grams are what was left with the 1 kilo supply.

Police Colonel Roland Vilela, Iloilo police director, said they are conducting follow-up operations to arrest the suspects’ cohorts.

He claimed that the suspects were distributors of shabu in the city and province of Iloilo.

Cops traced the mother and son after other suspected peddlers who were previously arrested identified them as their suppliers.

The duo is now detained and will be charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).