By: Raydes B. Barcia

Legazpi City —Composite team of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the police regional command apprehended P3.4 million worth of illegal drugs from two drug pushers in drug-buy bust operations on Thursday here.

The operatives apprehended two drug pushers at about 10:53 AM at P-2, Brgy. 37-Bitano, Legazpi City on its operation on August 11, 2022.

The two suspects arrested were identified as Erigen Villanueva, 30 years old, resident of Zone 4, Bitano Legazpi City, and Mark Dave Lonsame, 21 years old, resident of Zone 2, Bitano Legazpi City. 

Villanueva was previously arrested for violation of RA 9165 in 2016.

Seized from their possession were more or less 550 grams of suspected “shabu” wrapped in three pieces knot-tied transparent plastic sachet, the police report said.

“The confiscated illegal drug is worth P3,400,000. The suspects are now under the custody of PDEA regional officers and will be charged for violation of RA 9165,” Maria Luisa “Malu” Calubaquid, PNP regional spokesperson said.

The anti-drug campaign of the government according to the spokesperson is the commitment of PRO5 and PDEA to end the production and spread of any forms of illicit drugs in the region.

“Similarly, we will continue to pursue evidence-based drug rehabilitation programs and services to help drug users start a new life,” Calubaquid said.

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