HVI suspect falls, P544-K ‘shabu’ seized in Zambo City

Police arrested a drug personality listed as a “high-value individual” (HVI) and seized suspected shabu with an estimated street value of PHP544,000 in a buy-bust operation in this southern port city, an official said Thursday.

Maj. Salvador Galvez, chief of the Zamboanga City Police Office’s (ZCPO) Station 6, said 27-year-old Samat Layani was arrested in Barangay Arena Blanco here at about 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

Galvez said Layani yielded some 80 grams of suspected shabu and other pieces of evidence.

The anti-illegal drug operation came following days of surveillance by the Drug Enforcement Unit on the suspect’s alleged illegal drug activities.

Layani is under the custody of the ZCPO’s Station 6 while charges are being prepared against him, Galvez said. 

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