Three male minors are now under government custody after they were arrested by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency while conspiring to sell more than P500,000 worth of shabu to an undercover officer in San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan last Saturday, PDEA chair Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac Jr. announced yesterday.
Cacdac said the three juvenile offenders with ages 15 and 16 were placed under arrest after they helped each other sell a plastic packet containing 102.7 grams of shabu worth P510,000 to a poseur from the PDEA Regional Office 3 under Director Gladys Rosales.
The three were all residents of Phase 12, Tala, Caloocan City.
Cacdac said the three were arrested during the entrapment operation inside Diamond Crest Subdivision in Barangay San Manuel, San Jose del Monte City, around 5 a.m. Saturday. They were turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office in Caloocan City after undergoing documentation and investigation.
The three will be facing charges for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs) in relation to Section 26b (Conspiracy to Sell), Article II of Republic Act 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Cacdac said follow-up operations are still underway to identify and arrest the main source of the drugs seized from the three teenagers.
Over in Tagbilaran City, an estimated P21.5 million worth of shabu and two firearms were seized by combined operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Police Regional Office 7 in a raid on Friday last week,.
Cacdac said five suspects, identified as Maida Jabines, 48, of Sitio Concepcion, Poblacion, Sierra Bullones, Bohol; James Loiue Bongalos, 29, of Cogon, Tagbilaran City; Rosulo Pamaong 32; of Graham Street, Poblacion 1, Tagbilaran City; Darryl Louie Quisom, 30, also of Cogon, Tagbilaran City; and Ruel Vitor, 22, also a resident of Sitio Concepcion, were arrested during the raid.
The official said that officers armed with a search warrant for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 raided the suspects’ place and arrested them after they recovered 13 big plastic sachets containing around 2.15 kilograms of shabu, assorted drug paraphernalia including disposable lighters, one rolled aluminum foil, one improvised metal sealer, two pairs of scissors, two digital weighing scales, two pieces of plastic cellophane and one transparent plastic box as well as one caliber .22 pistol and a KG9 assault rifle.
A Toyota Fortuner being used by the suspects was also impounded by the PDEA Regional Office 7.
All suspects are now facing charges for violation of Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of RA 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Jabines will also be slapped with an additional case for violation of RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013, said Cacdac.