Three Negrenses were among the suspects caught in separate drug bust operations in Pangasinan and La Union on Friday, August 12.
The multi-agency operations headed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency led to the recovery of P2.72 billion worth of illegal drugs, which were packed in Chinese tea bags.
Nabbed at Turquoise Street, Sunshine Village, Pozorrubio, Pangasinan, were Rey Yago, 29, and Ritchell Repuesto. 28, of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, and their companions – Chinese national Ke “James Dagale Galopo” Wujia, 49, of San Vicente Sur, Agoo, La Union, and 22-year-old Johnbert Yagong of San Agustin Norte, Agoo, La Union.
At least 360 kilograms of suspected shabu worth P2.448 billion were seized from the suspects, along with cellular phones, the buy-bust money, assorted identification cards, and various financial documents, the PDEA reported.
In a follow-up buy-bust operation at Ilang-ilang Street, Brgy. Poro, San Fernando, La Union, John Paul Repuesto, 18, of San Carlos, Negros Occidental, and Romel Leyes, 38, of Bagong Silangan, Quezon City were arrested.
They yielded 40 kilograms of suspected shabu worth P272 million.
They will face charges for sale and possession of illegal drugs.
Lt. Judesses Catalogo, Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office spokesperson, said the three Negrenses have not returned to San Carlos City for a long time.
He said the three Negrense suspects were not included in the drugs watchlist of the San Carlos police.
He also said that NOCPPO does not have any information if the three are connected to the drug trade in the province.*