NBI: 2 arrested in Manila drug bust

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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) says it also seized 24 bags of suspected illegal drugs and 25 high-powered firearms in the operation.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 2) — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said two men were arrested Saturday afternoon in Manila for their alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade.

Arvin Belleza Zapanta and Edris Bolug Macalabo were nabbed in a joint operation conducted by the NBI and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority.

The operatives also seized 24 plastic bags of suspected illegal drugs and 25 high-powered firearms from a Toyota Corolla, with plate number WDJ-567, parked along Road 10 in Manila.

NBI Regional Director for the National Capital Region Atty. Cesar Bacani said the operation was based on a tip they received about an upcoming transaction allegedly involving illegal drugs and firearms.

Zapanta and Macalabo were onboard a motorcycle, supposedly to pick up the contraband from the car.

The NBI is still investigating where the two were supposed to take the seized drugs and guns.

Zapanta and Macalabo are currently under the NBI's custody while the investigation is ongoing. Bacani said the two men will undergo inquest proceedings.

They will be charged with violation of R.A. 9165 or the "Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002" and R.A. 10591 or the "Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act."