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Buy-bust operation nets P2 million worth of shabu from student, cohort

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By Jel Santos

Nearly P2 million worth of shabu and marijuana were seized from a college student and his friend during a buy-bust operation in Makati City Friday afternoon.

(PHOTO COURTESY OF MAKATI POLICE / MANILA BULLETIN)

(PHOTO COURTESY OF MAKATI POLICE / MANILA BULLETIN)

P/Col. Rogelio Simon, Makati police chief, identified the suspects as 21-year-old college student Melvin Bulado, and 22-year-old Jerome Arman Revidad, a merchandiser.

The drug sting was conducted along M. Reyes corner Belarmino in Barangay Bangkal, Makati around 4 p.m.

The suspects, Simon said, tried to run away after learning that it was a buy-bust. “We caught them after a short chase.”

However, their cohort Edgardo Fontanilla was able to flee. He is now being hunted by cops.

“It was a busy street. Fontanilla mixed with the crowd that was how he was able to get away. We are currently hunting him,” Simon said.

Seized from Bulado and Revidad were 119 plastic sachets containing shabu, three of which are medium-sized and are for repacking; a plastic sachet of marijuana; a glass tube; a loaded caliber .40 Taurus; and a magazine for caliber .45 bullets.

The police chief said they were able to identify Bulado after recently arrested drug personalities named him as their source of illegal drugs.

Simon was told by Bulado that they were to deliver the illegal drugs in Taguig City and only stopped in Makati to sell some of the stashes to their patrons there.

Bulado also revealed that they are getting their supply of illegal drugs from Cavite.

“He confessed that they are getting illegal drugs from Cavite, and the drugs we seized are supposed to be delivered in Taguig City. He said they just made a short stop in Makati to sell some of their supply,” Simon told The Manila Bulletin.

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