CIDG-SRU nabs two Chinese drug pushers in Malabon, two kilos of shabu seized

March 30, 2012 10:51 pm 

MANILA, March 30 – The Criminal Investigation Division-Special Reaction Unit (CIDG-SRU) have arrested two suspected Chinese drug lords and confiscated from them two kilograms of shabu during operations in Malabon Wednesday.

In a statement Friday, CIDG chief Director Samuel D. Pagdilao also directed Criminal Investigation and Detention Division (CIDD) chief Senior Supt. Elmo Sarona to head a fact-finding investigation to determine the accuracy of a report claiming that there were irregularities in the conduct of search operations, including the misappropriation of shabu seized from the suspects Antonio Go, alias Ting, 52, of McArthur Highway, Malabon City and Hua Shi, 24, of 422 Jose Abad Santos St., Binondo, Manila.

Pagdilao also ordered the administrative relief of Chief Insp. Edgar V. Batoon and Senior Insp. Ricardo Luciano, the leader and assistant leader of the team involved in the operations against the two suspects.

The CIDG chief placed all the participating elements in the said operations under investigation as well.

According to the spot report of the CIDG-SRU, around 7 p.m. last March 28, SRU operatives, who have been doing surveillance operation regarding reports of the alleged gunrunning activities of Tony Go, have arrested the suspect near Sea Oil Gasoline Station, corner McArthur Highway, Barangay Potrero, Malabon City.

CIDG’s SRU operatives have also arrested suspect Shi, who was on board Go’s Ford Everest SUV (ZAK 237).

Investigators confiscated from Go a .45 cal. pistol that was tucked in the suspect’s right waist.

When the police officers searched the vehicle of Go, they found another caliber .45 pistol, two pieces of magazines for the said firearm, 10 rounds of ammunition, and one caliber .22 magnum revolver with three live ammunition.

During the operation, the operatives have also confiscated three pieces of transparent plastic bags containing suspected shabu.

The CIDG-SRU report, however, did not indicate the approximate volume of shabu in their report, prompting speculations that the operatives have understated the amount of illegal drugs confiscated.

Pagdilao also said that of Thursday afternoon, the CIDG-SRU filed cases of violation of PD 1866, or illegal possession of firearms, and RA 9165, or possession of illegal drugs, at the Malabon City Prosecutor’s Office against the arrested persons.

Pagdilao added that the CIDG was closely coordinating with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for assistance in ferreting out the truth so that those responsible will be dealt with accordingly.

To preclude further perception of bias, Pagdilao recommended that pre-charge investigation and the ensuing summary hearing proceedings be handed by the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (PNA)

RMA/PFN

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