Barangay Sawang Calero in Cebu City, Philippines. Photo: Google Maps

A 19-year-old Filipino high school student was arrested after authorities seized illegal drugs worth 5.7 million pesos (US$109,368) in Cebu City, Philippines.

On Wednesday afternoon, members of the regional police Drug Enforcement Group conducted a buy-bust operation in Barangay Sawang Calero in Cebu. According to Superintendent Glen Mayam, the student’s name was brought up while they were interrogating drug suspects who were arrested prior to the operation, ABS-CBN News reported.

Mayam said the student, whose identity was not disclosed, was named as an alleged big time drug pusher who distributed illegal drugs such as methamphetamine to numerous provinces in Central Visayas.

The police confirmed that the student was a member of a large syndicate that sold illegal drugs. However, they did not provide the name of the syndicate nor other details about the group.

Authorities confiscated large packets of illegal drugs worth around 5.7 million pesos, and an investigation continues into the source of the drugs seized.

In the Philippines, the penalty for violating Republic Act No. 9165, or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, is life imprisonment or the death penalty. Offenders found guilty can also be fined from 500,000 to 10 million pesos.

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