68 million shabu seized, 2 suspects killed in Quezon City

MANILA, Philippines – Anti-narcotics officers have confiscated around 10 kilos of shabu with an estimated street value of 68 million pesos from two suspected drug traffickers who were killed in what police say was a shooting in Quezon City yesterday afternoon.

The suspects were killed during an encounter with officers from the Quezon City Police District Drug Enforcement Unit along Pook Arboretum Road on the Barangay UP campus around 3:45 p.m.

Investigators said they have not yet identified the slain suspects.

Prior to the shooting, the suspects allegedly brokered a deal with a police officer posing as a buyer.

Authorities said the suspects pulled out handguns and opened fire on police after they suspected it was a booby-trap operation.

The suspects were hit in the exchange of gunfire and pronounced dead upon arrival at East Avenue Medical Center. There were no police casualties.

Police said they recovered drugs placed in plastic wrappers and two .45 caliber handguns from the suspects.

Drug Watch List

Meanwhile, police chiefs across the country have been ordered to update their drug watch lists to support the war on drugs before President Duterte’s term ends in June.

The director of operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Major General Valeriano de Leon, said he had given the order to intensify intelligence gathering efforts to identify drug traffickers who continue to ‘operate.

“We cannot let our guard down because there will be new actors who can take over the operations of the drug traffickers we neutralized. We shouldn’t allow that to happen,” De Leon said.

He reminded police commanders to continue the campaign against illegal drugs as a projection of confidence that President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. would continue President Duterte’s war on drugs.

The PNP said Marcos’ statement that he wanted Duterte to be his drug czar was a positive development. – Neil Jayson Servallos

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