Consecutive anti-drug operations were recently carried out in Cavite province through joint efforts among several law enforcement agencies, resulting in the deaths of two suspected drug dealers and the confiscation of an estimated P1.5 billion worth of methamphetamines or shabu.
Authorities from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Intelligence Service, and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service of the Intelligence Group (CIIS-IG) conducted a buy-bust at Imus City at 9:15 p.m. and a warehouse raid at Bacoor 15 minutes later, on the evening of September 10.
48 kilograms (kg) of the illicit drug were obtained from the buy-bust worth P331.2 million, while an additional 181kg were seized by authorities at the warehouse, amounting to P1.25 billion worth in product.
Lani and Aldwin Micoleta, known illegal drug peddlers that frequent Metro Manila and the Calabarzon area, were arrested by authorities at the buy-bust.
Later on, officials encountered armed resistance at the warehouse in Imus City as 59-year-old Basher Bangon and 51-year-old Danilo Untavar, suspected warehouse men for a Chinese drug syndicate and associates of the Micoleta couple, reportedly engaged the officers in a shootout, leading to their deaths.
The operations in Cavite served as follow-up initiatives to a string of anti-drug enforcement actions that previously took place in Bataan and Zambales, wherein P4 billion worth of shabu was confiscated by authorities.
Four Chinese drug distributors were also killed in the encounters, most notably of which was Xu Youhua, suspected of being a top contact for an international drug ring that operates in the country by smuggling their contraband via the shores of Zambales.
According to PNP Chief General Guillermo Eleazar, these subsequent anti-drug busts have yielded law enforcement’s largest drug seizure for 2021, as of September 12.
Photo: Manila Times