‘Lambat Sibat’ operation nets PHP15-M shabu, 3 big time drug pushers in Pagadian City

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ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) -– Joint police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives have arrested three big time drug pushers and seized an estimated PHP15 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride locally known as shabu in “Lambat Sibat” operation in Pagadian City.

Chief Supt. Miguel Antonio Jr., Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) director, said the suspects were arrested following a brief chase around 1:20 p.m. Tuesday in Rizal Avenue, Barangay Santiago, Pagadian City.

Antonio identified the suspects as Geu Villarin Pongasi, 34; Dionisio Dumanjog Saligan, 50; and Lyle Laurete Lacambra, 35.

Pongasi and Saligan are from Tangub City, Misamis Occidental while Lacambra is from Ozamiz City, also in Misamis Occidental.

Antonio said the suspects, who were aboard a car, sped off when they sensed the presence of lawmen while they were about to deliver the three kilos shabu to an undercover agent in Pajares Avenue, Barangay Galas, Pagadian City.

However, Antonio said the suspects were cornered along Rizal Avenue, Barangay Santiago by policemen and PDEA agents positioned as blocking force in the area.

He said the arresting team confiscated from the suspects’ possessions three kilos of shabu and the getaway car.

He added the suspects were detained while appropriate charges are set to be filed against them.

Antonio ordered to thoroughly conduct investigation to determine the source of the prohibited drugs.

Antonio has commended the arresting team for a job well-done that resulted to the arrest of the suspects.