Some 50 grams of shabu sent to a suspected female drug peddler via a courier company was intercepted Tuesday afternoon by anti-narcotics agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
Stashed among sandals and other items, the PDEA said the package, was valued at around P500,000.
A PDEA agent who cannot be named said they succeeded in intercepting the package through an informant tip.
He said the package was sent from Imus, Cavite by a certain Cindy Zalazar to Julie Ann Gallego, 19, but was really owned by her aunt Roselyn Gallego, 27.
“Meron tayong na-receive from our very reliable source na a certain Julie Ann Gallego will be receiving the package coming from Cavite allegedly containing an undetermined volume of prohibited drugs, particularly shabu. Because of this, we acted on the information sent to us and upon verification sa courier service, nag-positive naman… meron talagang dumating na package,” the PDEA agent said.
He said illegal narcotics detection canines were sent to the San Pedro Branch of a courier company that requested not to be named and “an indication” turned positive.
The PDEA agent said the package was claimed around 4:30 p.m. by Julia Ann and her live-in partner Jumrail Jamil, 19, whom they invited for questioning.
“Noong nakita, ‘yong contraband was discovered hidden inside the heels ‘yong pinaka takong ng sandals. Accordingly doon sa dalawang suspects, hindi nila alam. Inutusan lang sila ng nagngangalang Roselyn Gallego,” he said.
He said upon their investigation and verification, Roselyn was discovered to have already been jailed in November 2013 for five years for violation also of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. She was released from the city jail only on January 31, 2018.
Julie Ann and Jamil, he said, agreed to testify against Roselyn to avoid being implicated in the case.
He said Roselyn was called in the courier company where she admitted owning the shabu supply.
“Nautusan lang din po ako. Ang package na ‘yan ay hindi ‘yan sa amin,” Roselyn said, claiming the owner is a certain Chinoy Soy.
She said she requested Julia Ann to get the package because she has no identification cards to claim it.
Roselyn disclosed that it is already the third package sent to her for Soy.
“Binibigyan lang kami ng pang-gastos, mga P3,000 ganoon, at saka pang-gatas ng baby,” Roselyn said. She added Julia Ann and Jamil do not know that drugs are hidden inside the box.