BATANGAS CITY -– The Batangas police maritime group intercepted around two kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” at the port here, Tuesday. The illegal drug courier-pusher, however, eluded arrest by pursuing cops.
Police report said the suspected drug courier was alone and abandoned his getaway car at the pier to board a ship bound for Mindoro Island and nearby island provinces.
The Batangas Philippine National Police (PNP) 401st Maritime Group based at the Santa Clara pier area said the port here serves as transit point to the islands of the MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) Region in the western nautical seaboard.
Reports reaching the PNP Chief and Director General Roland “Bato” dela Rosa disclosed that the drug transaction started in a buy-bust operation in Parañaque City, during which the suspect sensed that the buyer he was dealing with was a poseur buyer.
The drug courier fled aboard his vehicle and sped towards the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) as policemen gave chase.
The pursuing cops asked the Batangas police units for assistance to track down the fleeing drug suspect.
The PNP chief said the drug courier headed towards the Batangas port area where he abandoned his vehicle with the two kilos of shabu.
Dela Rosa said that the illegal drugs were supposed to be delivered to the nearby islands in the MIMAROPA area.
He said his police units are now verifying the identity of the lone suspect and possible cohorts after the botched transaction in Paranaque City.
Batangas maritime police told PNA they are now tracking down the suspect who may have boarded one of the passenger boats bound for Mindoro Island.
They confirmed to have retrieved the two kilos of shabu at the abandoned getaway vehicle in the Batangas port.
Meanwhile, the Calabarzon Regional Police units are now tracking down the suspect in coordination with the Batangas police units, according to Calabarzon Police Regional Office (PRO4a) public information chief Superintendent Chitadel Gaoiran.
The maritime police are mandated to support regional police operations on security, anti-criminality and anti-terrorism operations.
They are also tasked to conduct tactical boat operations and maritime investigations including enforcement of environmental and maritime laws on ports, harbors, lakes and rivers. Saul E. Pa-a/PNA-northboundasia.com