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Nigerian, cohort nabbed in P68-M shabu bust

By Chito Chavez

Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) nabbed a Nigerian national and his female cohort from Madagascar and seized 10 kilograms of shabu worth P68 million in a buy-bust operation in Quezon City on Tuesday.

`The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency- NCR apprehended a male Nigerian and a female Malagasy national in a buy-bust operation conducted at Don Roces Ave. in Quezon City Tuesday. (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-NCR apprehended a male Nigerian and a female Malagasy national in a buy-bust operation conducted at Don Roces Ave. in Quezon City Tuesday. (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN)

PDEA agent Freddie Bannagao identified the suspects as Nigerian national Lawrence Ikegwuru, 27, and Michella Agustine, 23 of Madagascar.

After receiving a tip from an informer, an undercover agent made the illegal transaction at around 9:30 a.m. in Barangay Paligsahan where PDEA agents, in coordination with the local police, arrested the suspects when the deal was consummated along Roces Avenue.

Ikegwuruka denied the charges and claimed that the PDEA agents planted the illegal drugs on them.

Charges of violation of Section 5 and 11, Article II of Republic Act 9165 are being prepared against the suspects.

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