P1.5-M worth of suspected shabu seized in buy-bust operation in Tacurong

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 December) — Anti-drug operatives recovered around P1.5 million worth of suspected metamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu following a buy-bust operation in Tacurong City in Sultan Kudarat on Saturday morning.

Lyndon Aspacio, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Region 12 director, said the illegal drugs were seized from the possession of alleged big time drug pusher Purita Reyes Jalos, who is believed part of a major illegal drug syndicate operating in the region.

He said Jalos was arrested by their operatives at around 8:30 a.m. at the vicinity of the Tacurong City public terminal in Barangay New Isabela after trying to sell shabu to a PDEA agent who posed as a buyer.

The official said a subsequent search on the suspect led to the recovery two big packs of suspected shabu weighing around 200 grams and with an estimated market value of P1.5 million.

He said they also seized a black Samsung cellular phone that was reportedly used by Jalos during the transaction.

“She is considered a high-value target given the magnitude of her drug transactions,” Aspacio said in a statement.

The 47 year-old Jalos was listed by the PDEA-12 as a resident of Barangay Mabuhay in this city.

The suspect, who is temporarily detained at the lock up of the PDEA-12 headquarters here, will be charged with violation of Section 5 or sale of dangerous drugs under Article II of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (MindaNews)