Former PDEA agent busted in early morning drug raid

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — A Marine officer who was arrested in a dawn raid by drug enforcement agents on Thursday (January 21) had yet to prove that he was indeed on an official mission when he was busted.

As of early Thursday evening, Lieutenant Col. Ferdinand Marcelino had yet to show proof that he was on an undercover operation when apprehended by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Some 60 kilos of suspected shabu worth over P320 million were seized during the raid in Manila.

PDEA Director General Arturo Cacdac Jr. said Marcelino needed to present certain documents — such as a case operation plan signed by his superior — to prove he was on an official business.

Cacdac added that PDEA was still coordinating with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to know where Marcelino was assigned.

But in the meantime, Marcelino would face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 — for manufacturing and possession of illegal drugs.

Cacdac confirmed that Marcelino formerly worked under PDEA as the head of the Special Enforcement Service — though he could not recall when.

He was recently appointed superintendent of the Philippine Navy Officer Candidate School in Zambales.

Meanwhile, Marcelino was being detained at the Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (PNP-AIDG).

He and fellow suspect, Chinese national Yan Yi Shou, were set to be brought to the Department of Justice (DOJ) the next day, Friday (January 22) for inquest proceedings at 1 p.m.

CNN Philippines' Paola Palma contributed to this report.