BACOLOD CITY - Government operatives arrested two suspects caught transporting three kilos of suspected shabu on board a roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessel at Bredco port in the reclamation area here on Monday afternoon.
A report of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Western Visayas (PDEA-6) identified the suspects as Aslanie Usman and Jalanie Ambulo, who were intercepted upon their arrival from Dumangas, Iloilo at around 12:50 p.m.
The suspected shabu seized was valued at PHP20.4 million, based on the standard drug price of PHP6.8 million per kilo.
"Agent Bamboo", the PDEA-6 Special Enforcement Team leader, said the prohibited drugs were found in the trunk of the suspects' vehicle after the contraband was detected during random K9 inspection.
In a media interview, Usman denied knowledge of the prohibited substance, adding he does not even know what shabu looks like.
"Na-shock ako, shabu pala. Sabi ko 'Sir, ano meron?" (I was shocked when they told me there's shabu. I asked, 'Sir, what's in there?)," he added.
He said they came from a wedding in Batangas and were on their home to Marawi City.
The suspects were brought to the PDEA-Negros Occidental office for custody and further investigation.
Aside from PDEA-6 Special Enforcement Team and Negros Occidental Provincial Office Special Intelligence Unit agents, the operation was also carried out by members of the Philippine National Police Maritime Group-Bacolod, Bacolod City Police Office Station 2, and Philippine Coast Guard-Negros Occidental. (PNA)