Drug peddlers cum human traffickers, vendors of ammunition nabbed in buy-busts

March 10, 2019

THREE alleged drug personalities involved in illegal selling of firearms  ammunition were arrested in a buy-bust operation Saturday evening in Navotas City.

Joint elements of Navotas City police and Northern Police District Special Operation Unit (DSOU) arrested Eduardo Onde, 35, Ronald Salo, 31, both of Market 3 Bgy. North Bay Boulevard North (NBBN), and Joana Mae Cachero, 24, of No. 147 Governor Pascual St., Sipac, Almacen, at Navotas Fish Port Complex at around 9 p.m.

Navotas police chief Senior Supt. Ronaldo Balasabas said operatives of the city police station led by Chief Insp. Angelo Nicolas, together with elements of DSOU conducted a buy-bust after a weeklong surveillance of the suspect’s illegal operation.

Col. Balasabas said the suspects were arrested after they handed over 30 pieces of caliber. 40 bullets to a police poseur-buyer in exchange for P1,200 marked money.

When frisked, the suspects yielded five pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing undetermined quantity of shabu and the buy-bust money.

Chief Insp. Nicolas said aside from illegal selling of firearms ammunition, the suspects were also involved in the proliferation of illegal drugs at the fish port.

Charges for violation of Section 32 of R.A. 10591 or selling of illegal firearms ammunition and R.A 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act will be filed against the suspects before the Navotas City Prosecutor’s Office.

Meanwhile, members of the Novaliches Police Station (PS 4) of the Quezon City Police District arrested Emmanuel Cerojales, alias Juding, 31, of Bgy. Ramon Magsaysay, in Bago Bantay, and Jessica Abalos, alias Cacai, 18, of Bgy. Bagbag, Novaliches for illegal drug peddling and human trafficking.

QCPD Director Police Chief Superintendent Joselito T. Esquivel Jr. said a buy-bust was set against Cerojales at Room No. 77 of Rosas Apartelle located at the corner of  EDSA and Roosevelt Avenue, in Bgy. Katipunan, Saturday at around 7:30 p.m.

Five sachets of shabu, two cellular phones and the buy-bust money were confiscated from him.

During the operation, four females were also seen in the room including Abalos who was said to be Cerojales’ cohort in selling women to their customers.

The suspects were charged with violation of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and for violation of RA 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act).

With Melnie Jimena