PDEA arrests couple with P5M shabu stuffed in toy

CAMP VICENTE LIM, Calamba City — Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Calabarzon have seized a kilo of “shabu” (metamphetamine hydrochloride) stuffed inside a Pokemon toy during a buy–bust operation in Pasay City on Wednesday.

In an interview Thursday, PDEA-Calabarzon Regional Director Archie Grande disclosed they arrested couple Ibrahim and Amina Kitok Wednesday afternoon during an entrapment operation at the vicinity of the Mahal Kita Inn and Green Clean Fuel Station along EDSA, Pasay City.

Grande said the couple are residents of Taguig City but were monitored conducting illegal activities in Cavite, Laguna and the National Capital Region (NCR). PDEA-Calabarzon covers the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon.

The arrested couple are now under the PDEA Calabarzon Regional Office in Camp Vicente Lim, Mayapa in this city for proper disposition and documentation.

Grande said the arrested couple admitted during interrogation that they are inserting “shabu” in stuffed toys as part of their modus operandi.

“Allegedly, the couple are associates of drug personalities inside the New Bilibid Prison, at yun ang tinutumbok natin ngayon (and we are now verifying this),” he said.

Grande said they are now trying to uncover the source of the hard drugs including the masterminds.

Grande said this is the first time they have unmasked such modus on hard drugs using stuffed toys.

He said the kilo of shabu was discreetly stuffed into two orange-colored Pokemon character stuffed toys.

He said the kilo of hard drugs was estimated to be worth Php5 million.

He believes these stuffed toys containing dangerous drugs are being distributed in Cavite, Laguna and some parts of the National Capital Region (NCR).

When interviewed by PNA, suspect Amina said: “My husband (Ibrahim) has no knowledge of this (modus), and I am the only one who knows this illegal activities.”

“Someone called me and deliver these drugs to some customers,” she said.

She admitted receiving “payment of Php 20,000 after the delivery.”

PDEA said the couple faces a case in violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002 and their immediate referral to the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office. Robert Maico/PNA-northboundasia.com