Manila Police District anti-drug ops: Couple, others held

A live-in couple and several others were arrested in a series of anti-drug operations conducted by the Manila Police District (MPD) the other day.

Operatives from the MPD-Binondo Police Station 11 (PS-11) arrested Jerome Espiritu, 38, an installer of car accessories and said to be a member of the ‘Commando’ gang; his brother Jefferson Espiritu, 31, a vendor; brothers  Francisco and Dionisio Carandang, 46 and 34, respectively  and Dionisio’s live-in partner Cristine Ivy Llegue, 32, a vendor, all of Parola Compound, Binondo, Manila.

Police said they received a tipped information regarding the illegal drug activities of Dionisio, so that a buy-bust operation was conducted.

PO2 Weddirico Alonzo posed as a buyer and once he was able to purchase shabu worth P500 from Dionisio, the latter was arrested along with his associates.

Seized from the the suspects were 17 pieces of small, heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing shabu, the P500 buy-bust money and several drug paraphernalia.

Meanwhile, the MPD- Sampaloc Police Station 4 arrested on Paltoc Street near the PNR Railroad Track in Sampaloc, suspects Marvin Castillo, 22 and Edwin Laguda, 48, both of Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard, Old Sta. Mesa Street, Sampaloc, during an anti-illegal drug operation carried out by the Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU).

The two were found in possession of two sachets of shabu worth P400.

Earlier on, MPD- Station 4 cops also nabbed Erwin Blanza, 49, an electrician, of 424 Paltoc St., Sampaloc, during an anti-illegal drug operation conducted at the corner of Buenos and Domingo Santiago Streets in Sampaloc.

All suspects are now detained and will be charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.