P13.3 Billion Worth of Drugs Seized at Checkpoint!


A staggering two tons of shabu, valued at nearly P14 billion, was intercepted at a police checkpoint after a van was stopped on the highway in Barangay Pinagkurusan, Alitagtag, Batangas on Monday morning. Here are some details according to the report of The Philippine Star.

Driver Arrested

PNP chief P/Gen. Rommel Francisco Marbil received initial reports indicating that the haul of drugs discovered in a gray van with license plate CBM 5060. Ajalon Michael Zarate, a 47-year-old married resident of Rizal St., Project 4, Quezon City, was driving the vehicle.

Around 9:10 in the morning, Marbil reported that authorities intercepted the van carrying sacks of drugs worth P13.3 billion at the checkpoint.

During inspection, authorities questioned the driver about the cargo concealed by thick blue sacks inside the van. However, they noticed the driver’s paleness and nervousness.

Drug Discovery

Upon further examination, the police uncovered large plastic bags containing shabu. Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr., PNP chief Marbil, and Calabarzon Police director P/Brig. Gen. Paul Kenneth Lucas swiftly arrived at the scene. They inspected the massive stash of drugs.

Based on the initial screening conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Abalos confirmed that the seized white crystalline substances were indeed shabu, weighing two tons.

Abalos announced that authorities would inventory the confiscated drugs before destroying or incinerating them to prevent any further use.

Abalos commended the Alitagtag Municipal Police Station (MPS) under the leadership of Captain Luis de Luna Jr. for the successful seizure of P13.3 billion worth of shabu. He announced that De Luna would receive a spot promotion in recognition of this achievement.

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