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P4.8-M shabu, party drugs seized; 2 arrested in Angeles City

Combined elements of the Angeles Police Drug Enforcement Unit and CIU ACPO have arrested two individuals who yielded some P4.8 million of illegal drugs in Barangay Malabanias, Angeles City, during a buy-bust operation on Wednesday afternoon.

The Angeles City Police Station 4 has identified the two as Leslie Sumabal Acunin known as “Lexie,” female, 19, single, and a resident of 9th Street, Brgy. Lakandula, Mabalacat City, Pampanga; and Chinese national Zhe Huang, 30, single and currently residing at 801 Tower D Sea Residence MOA Complex, Pasay City.

Confiscated from the two were 87 grams of shabu worth P591,600; 2 kilos of party drug Ecstasy (color blue) worth P4 million, chewable Ecstasy (color yellow); 12 packs of Ecstasy (color orange) worth P24,000; 14 packs of chewable Ecstasy (color orange) worth 28,000; 35 grams (7 packs) of Ketamine (salt) worth P50,000; 35 grams (7 packs) of Ketamine (crystal) worth P60,000; one box of Liquid Marijuana Vape worth P54,000.

The assorted illegal drugs have a total street value of P4,807,600.

Both the suspects were arrested during the buy-bust operation at the ABC Hotel parking lot along Don Juico Avenue, Brgy. Malabanias, Angeles City, on Wednesday. The two suspects and the evidence were taken at Police Station 4 for proper disposition.

Angeles City Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin Jr. has commended the Angeles City Police Office led by ACPO City Director Col. Amado Mendoza for the arrest of the two suspects and the confiscation of illegal drugs. 

From Day One in office, Mayor Lazatin has vowed to eradicate illegal drugs in the city in a bid to have a safe, peaceful and productive city. Mayor Lazatin has directed a drug test on all City Hall employees every year.

“We aim for a drug-free workplace, and by assuring this, we will continue to conduct anti-drug efforts to reduce if not eliminate the demand of illegal drugs,” Mayor Lazatin said.

All Angeles City Hall workers had been subjected to a series of surprise drug testing since Mayor Lazatin took office. Those tested positive for drug use had been sent for rehabilitation.

Mayor Lazatin has also recently subjected all elected barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials to mandatory drug testing — 33 barangay captains, 231 kagawads, 33 SK chairpersons, and 231 SK kagawads.

Members of the public transport particularly drivers had been also subjected to drug testing to ensure safety and security of commuters in Angeles City.

Mayor Lazatin said the program against illegal drug use highlights his administration’s commitment to preserving public safety.