Nigerian nabbed for Php1 M worth of shabu in Marikina

MANILA — Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) arrested Nigerian national, who is a suspected member of the African Drug Syndicate (ADS), after yielding about Php 1-million worth of methamphetamine hydrocloride, also known as ‘shabu’ during an anti-drug operations in Marikina City, PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña said on Friday.

Lapeña identified the suspect as Ejiye Okoye, alias Martin, 33 years old, a Nigerian national and presently residing in Marikina City.

He said that joint operatives of PDEA Regional Office 3 (PDEA RO3) under Director Emerson Rosales and PDEA Regional Office-National Capital Region (PDEA RO-NCR) under Director Wilkins Villanueva conducted the buy-bust operation inside a resto-bar along Don Juan Sumulong Highway, Barangay Sto. Niño, Marikina City.

Confiscated from Okoye were six transparent plastic sachets containing suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, weighing more or less 300 grams, with an estimated market value of Php 1,050,000, Lapeña said.

Okoye has been residing in the country for two years now and reportedly engaged in football coaching to camouflage his illegal drug activities. He plies his illegal trade in Metro Manila and nearby provinces of Central Luzon.

A case for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, is now being prepared for filling in court against Okoye, who is presently detained at PDEA RO3 Jail Facility in Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando, Pampanga. Nigerian nabbed for Php1 M worth of shabu in Marikina. Christopher Lloyd Caliwan/PNA/