MANILA — Operatives of the Quezon City Police District Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (DAIDSOTG) seized an estimated PHP15 million worth of methamphetamine hydrocloride also known as ‘shabu’ and arrested five suspected drug traders including three Chinese nationals in an anti-drug operation at the Luneta Park in Manila on Tuesday morning.

QCPD Police Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio identified suspects as Dixon Kee Yu, 35; Qian Li alias Joey Li, 30; Simon Tan, 53, all Chinese nationals while the other two were identified as Husni Balenti, 30; and Amir Cana, 27.

According to Police Chief Inspector Enrico Figueroa, Chief of the DAIDSOTG, a police poseur-buyer arranged to buy one kilo of shabu for PHP1 million from the suspects and agreed to meet at a McDonald’s fastfood branch along Quezon Avenue around 7:00 p.m. on Monday,

After showing the contraband to the poseur-buyer, the suspect asked the prospective buyer to proceed with the drug deal scheduled on Tuesday morning around 6:30 a.m.

The said deal resulted in the buy-bust operation at a parking lot near the park in Manila, Figueroa said.

Also seized from the suspects were their cars which include a Toyota Fortuner with only a conduction sticker; a blue Montero with plate number AQA 3092; a Samsung tablet and three cellphones which will be subject to forensic investigation.

The suspects are currently detained at Camp Karingal in Quezon City and will be charged for violation of selling dangerous drugs (Section 5), Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Meanwhile, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mel Sarmiento, who rushed to the scene with NCRPO Chief Police Director Joel Pagdilao lauded the QCPD for the success of the operation, citing the measure as one of the impressive results of ‘Oplan Lambat-Sibat’.

Since its launching in 2014, the ‘Oplan Lambat-Sibat’ has led to the neutralization of persons wanted for criminal activities and confiscation of millions of pesos worth of illegal drugs, illegal firearms, and vehicles used in crimes. Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan/PNA/