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PRESS RELEASE NO. 092/17

DATE: FEBRUARY 22, 2017

A foil pack labeled as refined tea containing suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, or locally known as shabu, was confiscated by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) during an entrapment operation in Lapu-lapu City, Cebu.

“The illegal drug, which weighed 1 kilogram, with an estimated value of P6,000,000, was concealed inside a plastic pack labeled Guanyinwang Refined Chinese Tea,” said PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña.

On February 15, 2017, elements of PDEA Regional Office 7 (PDEA RO7) under Director Yogi Filemon Ruiz conducted a buy-bust operation that led to the arrest of the suspect identified as Rogelio Romo, 56 years old, after he sold 100 grams of shabu, worth P300,000 to a poseur-buyer in his residence in Barangay Agus, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

Aside from the one kilogram of shabu contained inside the tea pack, recovered from Romo’s possession were several paraphernalia used for repacking shabu, and 170 pieces of M16 live ammunition.

Cases for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 12 (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia), Article II, Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, will be filed in court against Romo. An additional charge for violation of RA 10591 (Illegal Possession of Firearms and Ammunition) is also being readied for filing in court against him.

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