A total of PhP132,810.00 worth of illegal drugs was seized during the separate anti-illegal drug operations against a listed high-value target (HVT) and a PNP-PDEA watch listed in San Mateo, Isabela, today, April 7, 2024.

According to the report, at around 4:10 AM, joint forces of San Mateo PS, PDEA RO2, Regional Drug Enforcement Unit, PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG), Isabela Provincial Intelligence Unit, 2nd Isabela PMFC Regional Intelligence Unit 2, Regional Maritime Unit 2, and CECU Cauayan implemented a search warrant against Alias Reg (arrested), 32 years old, married, listed as HVT, and Alias “Rod” (at-large) driver, PDEA-PNP Watch list, and both residents of Brgy. IV, San Mateo, Isabela.

Confiscated pieces of evidence during the operation were 24 heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing a white crystalline substance believed to be shabu, weighing 13 grams and amounting to Php 88,400.00 based on the Standard Drug Price (SDP); one (1) medium heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet with a white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu, with an estimated weight of 3.4 grams, amounting to Php 23,120.00 SDP; five (5) pieces of self-sealing plastic sachets containing dried leaves suspected to be marijuana, with an estimated weight of 33 grams, amounting to Php 4,290.00 SDP; and other drug paraphernalia.

Likewise, at about 4:40 AM on the same day, a search warrant was served against the alias “Ron” (at-large). Confiscated during the operation were seven (7) pieces of small heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing MOL 2.5 grams of suspected shabu with an estimated SDP of Php17,000.00; two (2) pieces of small heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu residue; and other drug paraphernalia.

On the other hand, personnel of San Mateo PS are currently conducting manhunt operations for the possible apprehension of the two (2) at-large drug suspects. The said anti-drug operations were done in an orderly and peaceful manner in the presence of the suspects and witnessed by the barangay officials.

The arrested suspect and the confiscated pieces of evidence were brought to San Mateo PS for documentation and proper disposition. Cases for violation of R.A. No. 9165 is being prepared against the suspects.

PBGen Christopher C Birung, Regional Director, lauded the operating units for the successful operation that resulted in the arrest of the big-time drug pusher. “Police Regional Office 2, under my stint, will do our best to intensify our campaign against illegal drugs and capture those big-time drug peddlers in order to make Cagayan Valley Region a safer place to live in,” he said.

PBGen Birung also asks the public to continuously support the government in its fight against criminality by reporting any suspicious activities and incidents in their locality.#