Police seize 27M pesos in meth, say slain courier worked for prison syndicate

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Quezon City police yesterday seized methamphetamines worth PHP27 million (US$520,000) and killed the suspected courier they believe was moving it on behalf of imprisoned drug lords.

In a sting operation that took place around dawn Sunday on P. Tuazon Avenue in Barangay San Roque, a cop posing as a customer bought a kilo of meth worth at least PHP6 million (US$115,000), SunStar Philippines reported.

According to police reports, the suspected courier, Edgardo Alfonso, exchanged gunfire with officers after noticing them near the gasoline station where the transaction was taking place. He tried to evade arrest but died from bullet wounds, reported the Philippine Star

The police also reportedly seized another 3 kilos of meth stored in several ziplock bags, a .45-caliber pistol, ammunition, and spent .45 bullet casings

Alfonso was a high-value target because of the large quantity of drugs he had been carrying, Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, regional national police chief, said Monday.

“In our daily operations, it’s unheard of to confiscate 4 kilograms of shabu (meth),” Eleazar said.

Eleazar alleged that Alfonso was part of a drug syndicate whose leaders are serving time inside Mandaluyong City’s New Bilibid Prisons. However, national police have yet to identify them by name.

“These inmates are leading the syndicate, and their orders are carried out by people outside prison. That’s what we’re continuing to investigate,” he added.

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