The National Capital Region Police Office Chief PMGEN DEBOLD M SINAS lauds the immediate response of Makati City Police Station to the report about a baggage left in the counter of a Supermarket containing more than 1.3 Million worth of suspected illegal drugs at about 7:30 PM on June 28, 2020.
According to the initial report, on June 26, 2020, at about 2:00 PM, a baggage was left by an unidentified male person in the baggage counter of a Supermarket, located along Sampaguita St., corner JP Rizal Avenue, Barangay Comembo, Makati City.
The said baggage was not claimed until the establishment closed that day. The following day, June 27, 2020 at around 2:00PM, an unidentified male person appeared and tried to claim the baggage but he failed to present the issued baggage counter claim stub.
Due to the failure of the depositor to claim the baggage, the management decided to check the content thereof. Found inside the baggage were sealed plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu wrapped in two (2) Eco Bags colored black and orange.
Meanwhile, on June 28, 2020, at about 10:00 AM, the police sub-station received a telephone call from MRB Security Agency Manager about the discovered suspected illegal drugs left in the baggage counter of Uni-Mec Supermarket.
Consequently, a team was formed to conduct surveillance and monitoring operation within the vicinity of the Supermarket for possible apprehension of the owner/claimant of the baggage. However, no person appeared to claim the same until the closing time of the establishment.
Hence, the baggage containing the said suspected illegal drugs were turned-over to Sub-Station 9 office by JESSIEBELL ARTANA y MARAVILLA, 36 years old, with live-in partner, lady guard of MRB Security Agency and a resident of No. 73 Sitio Sto. Nino, San Martin de Porres, Paranaque City together with other items thus:
a. One (1) Uni-Mec Baggage Counter Stub bearing number B18;
b. two (2) pieces of sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu weighing more or less 200.69 grams with DDB value amounting to more or less Php1,304,485.00 wrapped in two (2) Eco Bags colored black and orange.
Thereafter, the items marked as “JAM-1” and “JAM-2” with date and signature by the reporter was brought to the Southern Police District Crime Laboratory (SPDCL) office for confirmatory examination.
“I commend the immediate response of the elements of the Makati City Police Station which led to the recovery of more than 1.3 Million pesos worth of suspected illegal drugs left in the baggage counter of a grocery store in Makati. Apparently, this is another scheme taken by illegal drug dealers to forestall actions taken by different law enforcement agencies against them. Hence, I encourage our counterparts down to the line of security officers manning different establishments in the Metro to be vigilant and immediately report similar suspicious events in their AOR to the nearest police station,” said PMGEN SINAS.