TWO ‘high-value’ drug targets in Metro Manila were arrested by agents of the National Capital Region Police Office of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in an entrapment operation in Taguig City which led in the seizure of a cache of drugs and weapons, a report to PNP-CIDG director Chief Superintendent Roel B. Obusan said yesterday.
Suspects Arlie Valencia Jr., alias ‘Kalbo,’ a 31-year-old jobless resident of Block 74, Lot 58, Upper Bicutan, Taguig City; and Thalia Muesco, 21, of 28. Quirino Street, Jones Signal Village, also in Taguig, were arrested during the sting along Andres Bonifacio Street in Upper Bicutan at 2:30 a.m. last Monday, said CIDG-NCR chief Senior Supt. Belli Tamayo.
Tamayo said that confiscated from the suspects were seven heat-sealed plastic sachets containing shabu and the boodle money topped by two marked P500 bills. According to the CIDG-NCR chief, Valencia, during initial questioning, confessed that he has two firearms and explosves.
Members of the CIDG Southern Metro Manila Field Unit headed by Chief Inspector Romeo Lanzarrote accompanied the suspect to his house where they recovered a caliber 9mm semi-automatic pistol with serial no. 4524469, a 9mm revolver without serial number, nine live 9mm ammunition and a blasting cap.
Tamayo said that Valencia has been identified as a ‘high-value drug target’ of the CIDG-NCR and has been the subject of previous surveillance.
The suspects are now facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 and RA 9156 or illegal possession of explosives.