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DOJ to indict 10 persons in PH’s biggest single-day-drug-bust

THE Department of Justice on Friday announced its recommendations for the immediate indictment of 10 persons who were recently arrested in Infanta, Quezon with P11-billion worth of shabu, which the National Bureau of Investigation claimed was the biggest single-drug-bust in the country’s anti-narcotics history.

In a resolution dated March 21, 2022, respondents Alvin Ibardo, Jaymart Gallardo, Reynante Alpuerto, Jenard Samson, Jamelanie Samson, Mark Bryan Abonita, Marvin Gallardo, Dante Mannoso, Eugene Roger Bandoma, and Kennedy Abonita will be charged with violation of Section 5, Article II of Republic Act No. 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002), for transporting 1,680.563kg of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.

“After evaluation of the evidence, the Panel of Prosecutors found that the arrest of the respondents to be valid. Also, there is sufficient evidence to hold respondents for trial, ” the DOJ said in a press briefer.

The criminal information against all the respondents will be filed at the Regional Trial Court of Infanta, Quezon, the DOJ continued.

In a press statement issued last March 18, the NBI disclosed that the drugs seizure transpired on March 15, 2022 around 4 a.m. in Barangay Comon, Infanta, Quezon.

The operation was led by the NBI-Task Force Against Illegal Drugs (TFAID), NBI-Research and Analysis Division (RAD), and Lucena District Office (LUCDO) in coordination with Philippine National Police in Infanta, Quezon and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Lucena.

This resulted in the arrest of the suspects while in the act of transporting the illegal drugs on board three (3) commuter vans.

Unprecedented and historic, considering the volume and amount, as of date, this is the biggest drug haul in Philippine history, the NBI claimed.


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