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PRESS RELEASE: #006/22

DATE: March 8, 2022

₱1.088 billion worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, weighing approximately 160 kilograms was seized in a buy-bust operation conducted on March 8, 2022 at around 3:30PM in Barangay Karuhatan, Valenzuela City by joint elements of PDEA Intelligence Service (PDEA-IS), PDEA Regional Office - National Capital Region (PDEA RO-NCR), PDEA Regional Office -3 (PDEA RO-3) PDEA Special Enforcement (SES), Armed Forces Of the Philippines, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), Bureau of Customs (BOC), PNP PDEG IFLD, PNP RO3, PNP Valenzuela PS, and Valenzuela ALERT Center.

Speaking before the media on the site of the operation, PDEA Director General Undersecretary Wilkins M. Villanueva stated that one TIANZHU LYU, born on June 9, 1989 in Fujian China, and his cohort Meliza Villanueva, born on May 11, 1984 in Conception Tarlac, sold the shabu to undercover law enforcement operatives.

Apart from the drug evidence, also seized from the two suspects were three (3) mobile phones and identification cards.

Director General Villanueva further elaborated that the Valenzuela Operation is the result of a series of previous anti-drug operations, namely: A Buy-Bust Operation in Cavite on March 1, 2022 where two (2) kilograms of shabu worth PHP 13.6 million Pesos was seized and one (1) drug personality was arrested; A Buy-Bust Operation in

Cavite on March 2, 2022 where Four (4) kilograms of shabu worth PHP 27.2 Million Pesos was seized and one (1) drug personality was arrested; A Buy-Bust Operation in Bulacan on March 2, 2022 where 60 kilograms of shabu worth PHP 408 Million Pesos was seized and one (1) drug suspect was arrested; A Buy-Bust Operation in Cebu on March 3, 2022 where 200 Grams of shabu worth PHP 1.36 Million was seized and four (4) drug suspects were arrested; and a Buy-Bust Operation in Escalante City, Negros Occidental on March 4, 2022 where 5 kilograms of shabu worth PHP 34 Million Pesos was seized and one drug suspect was arrested.

All in all, these anti-drug operations resulted to the seizure of 231.2 kilograms of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride worth ₱1.57 billion.

All arrested drug trafficking suspects will be facing violations of Sec. 5 &11 of Art. II of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act

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