Suspected member of drug syndicate nabbed

Manila, Oct 10 (IANS) Philippine anti-narcotics agents have arrested a Ugandan national, an alleged member of an international drug syndicate, along with his female Filipino cohort, a senior government official said on Saturday.

The 44-year-old Uganda national was detained by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency during an implementation of a search warrant in Santa Rosa in northern province of Laguna on Thursday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The agency’s director general, Arturo Cacdac Jr., identified the suspects as Rufus Katumba and Marlyn Ramos.

At least 10 kg of cocaine and around two kg of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, with a total estimated market value of $1.31 mn were confiscated.

The suspects are currently detained at the regional jail facility in Laguna.

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