Businesswoman, 4 others fall in buy bust

July 02, 2020

AUTHORITIES seized more than P600,000 worth of shabu from five drug personalities, including a businesswoman, in a buy-bust operation shortly after midnight yesterday in Paranaque city.

Southern Police District Director Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Peralta identified the arrested suspects as Ali Saliling alias “Apple”, 30; Baikan Mokamad, 47, businesswoman, both of Blk 4, Lot 2, Nora Luisa Subdivision, Valley 8 in Bgy. San Antonio; Apolinio Plata, Jr., 39; Melvin Juarez, 25, both of E. Rodriguez Street, in Bgy. Moonwalk, and Francis Darwin Matugina, 33, of Area 3A Sitio Libjo, Bgy. Sto Niño.

Gen. Peralta said following a weeklong surveillance operation, elements of Paranaque Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) led by Maj. Anthony Alising conducted a buy-bust against alias “Apple” at around 12:50 a.m. in his house in Bgy. San Antonio.

A police poseur-buyer was able to purchase a plastic sachet of shabu using P1,000 marked money from “Apple” and his cohorts which prompted operatives to effect the arrest.

Seized from the suspects were seven plastic sachets containing shabu weighing 100 grams with standard drug price worth P680,000, a caliber .38 revolver loaded with five bullets and the P1,000 marked money.

Paranaque police chief Col. Robin Sarmiento said charges for violation of R.A. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act will be filed against the suspects while an additional case for violation of R.A. 10591 will be filed against one of them before the Paranaque City Prosecutor’s Office.