775.8 million pesos of drugs seized in Metro since March


MANILA, Philippines — Police in Metro Manila have seized 775.8 million pesos worth of illegal drugs in the past three months.

Major General Felipe Natividad, director of the National Capital Region Police Bureau, said yesterday that the drugs were confiscated in 3,226 law enforcement operations from March 1 to June 8.

Natividad said the drugs consisted of 113,520.38 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu worth 771.9 million pesos; 31,455.10 grams of marijuana, 3.7 million pesos; 28 grams of cocaine worth 148,400 pesos and eight tablets of ecstasy with a market value of 13,600 pesos.

The operations led to the arrest of 5,908 drug suspects who are being held for violating Republic Act 9165 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

Last Tuesday, anti-narcotics agents seized about nine kilos of shabu worth 61.2 million pesos in the city of Parañaque.

The drug trade is believed to be linked to the 340 million pesos worth of shabu intercepted by police in Quezon City on March 23.

Natividad said the campaign against illegal drugs remains one of their top priorities.

“We have made many gains in our first 100 days and the public can look forward to a more invigorated and systematized launch of operations aimed at combating illicit drug-related activities in Metro Manila,” he said in a statement.

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