Couple, teen courier arrested for drugs

October 01, 2019

MEMBERS of Mandaluyong Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU ) nabbed a couple  and their alleged teenage courier which resulted in the confiscation of P5.4 million worth of illegal drugs in a drug operation yesterday morning.

Mandaluyong Police chief, Col Remigio Sedanto, identified the suspect as Joel Sumlay, 46, and wife Suraida Samad, and their alleged drug courier, Kabili Salim, 17, all residents of A Reyes St.,  Purok 2, Lower Bicutan, Taguig City.

Police Executive Master Sergeant Rodel Tuano, chief of Mandaluyong Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) said the three suspects were nabbed during the drug sting along Block 40, Barangay Addition Hills at around 11 a.m.

Tuano said the courier was first nabbed by SDEU team, followed by the couple after a few minutes.

The arrest came after another drug courier of the couple was nabbed a day ago in an operation conducted by members of Station Special Operations Unit (SSOU} along Pioneer Street also in Mandaluyong City and pointed the couple as his source of illegal drugs.

Tuano added the arrested courier transacted with the couple to order for illegal drugs for distribution but unknown to the suspects they were transacting with the SDEU cop.

The cop posing as buyer agreed to meet the couple in Bgy.Addition Hills for a drug deal. However the couple did not show up and the 17-year old suspect instead transacted with the police.

The cop was able to buy 5 grams of shabu from the teenage courier.

“Nang mahuli yung teenager napilitan na syang ituro yung mag-asawang supplier na nag-aabang sa kanya sa hindi kalayuan kaya kaagad naming pinuntahan yung mag-asawang suspect para arestuhin,” Tuano told Journal Group.

The SDEU chief spotted the couple waiting for the teenager.
When the teener approached the couple and handed the money, the other policemen int the area nabbed the suspects.

During the arrest,authorities recovered 800 grams of  illegal drugs with an estimated street value of P5.4 million, weighing scale and buy-bust money.

Based on verification the three suspects are new drug personalities.