If not for drug-sniffing dogs at Tabaco port, four suspected drug runners bringing P375,000.00 worth of shabu to unidentified personalities in Catanduanes might have slipped by authorities last week.
In a press release, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) identified the suspects as Michael Angelo Capistrano, 30, jobless, of #34 Gen Espino St., South Signal Village, Taguig City; Domingo Casaul Capistrano Jr., 50, jobless, of Blk 17, Excess Lot, Soldiers hills, Putatan, Muntinlupa City; Dante Subion, 35, building maintenance man, of Bislig, San Andres, Catanduanes; and John Spencer Avila, 26, lineman technician, also of Bislig, San Andres.
The persistent collaboration of government security agencies such as PDEA, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Tabaco, and the Philippine National Police’s Regional Police Drug Enforcement Unit (RPDEU) led to the interdiction of more or less 50 grams of shabu from the suspects last April 18, 2023 at Tabaco seaport, the report stated.
It added that the illegal drugs were brought by the quartet from Metro Manila and was allegedly about to be delivered to drug personalities in the island province.
The four motorcycle-riding individuals were already on board the roll-on-roll-off vessel bound for San Andres when the regular K9 paneling conducted by the PDEA Regional Office V Seaport Interdiction Unit and the PCG Tabaco detected the presence of said illegal drugs.
The two Coast Guard Working Dogs (CGWD), named Erwan and Norman, reportedly sat down near the motorcycles of the suspects as the canines and their handlers passed by.
This prompted the PDEA-PCG unit personnel to investigate further, with an inspection of safety helmets being used by the suspects yielding 52 small plastic sachets containing suspected shabu.
“Without the aid of the narcotics detecting dogs, these illegal drugs would have passed the scrutiny of the government security forces’ naked eyes,” the PDEA stressed.
“The discovery of these 50 grams of shabu is a big accomplishment and success for the people of Catanduanes. If this was not interdicted and has gone to the streets, many lives of Catandunganons will be destroyed,” said Agent Arlene Galiza, PDEA Catanduanes chief.
The said suspects were placed under the temporary custody of PDEA ROV pending the filing of case for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2003.