‘Drug queen’ likely chose Bohol due to high ‘shabu’ prices: BPPO chief

The suspected big-time drug supplier who has only been identified by authorities as “Madame,” and believed to be based in Metro Manila, may have chosen to ship her multi-million-peso illegal drug supply to Bohol due to higher prevailing prices of shabu in the province, said an official of the Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO).

According to BPPO director Sr. Supt. Angeles Geñorga, there is currently a low supply of shabu in the province causing prices to soar.

One gram of shabu can be sold to as high as P15,000 in the province, said Geñorga.

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“Dahil ang shabu dito sa bohol ay aabot ng P15,000 per grams. Kung baga, kung mayroon kang isang produkto, dadalhin mo sa isang lugar na P5,000 lang ang benta, samantalang pwede mo ibenta ito ng 15,000 sa ibang lugar, doon mo ito dadalhin,” he said.

On Wednesday night, a composite police team led by Camp Crame’s Enforcement Unit-Special Operations 5 seized outside the Integrated Bus Terminal in Dao, Tagbilaran City 400 grams of shabu believed to have been from Madame.

The drugs were confiscated allegedly from one Ericson Quitalag during an anti-drug operation.

Police said that Quitalag smuggled the shabu contained in a sealed brown envelope into Bohol through a Silver Star Bus which travelled from Cubao in Quezon City to the province.

Authorities tagged Quitalag as a high-profile drug personality but he has denied the allegation saying he was only paid P25,000 to transport the drugs to the province.

Quitalag is now in BPPO custody but Geñorga said that the suspect has not divulged any relevant information during interrogation.

“Yan po kasi ang isang prinsipyo nila, pag-nahuli sila, sila sila lang, wala silang ituturong iba dahil kung magturo sila ay ang kapalit din nun ang buhay nila,” he added. (AD)



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