National Capital Region Police Office agents nab young ‘HVT’ in Caloocan hotel sting

Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar
NCRPO director, Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar confronts young drug trafficker Jaymarc Mercene (left).

AN 18-year old ‘high-value’ drug target in Metro Manila was arrested by agents of the National Capital Region Police Office during a buy-bust operation inside a hotel room in Caloocan City early morning yesterday which led in the confiscation of more than P7 million worth of shabu, NCRPO director, Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said.

The suspect identified as Jaymark Mercene alias ‘Mac-Mac/Kapre,’ a resident of Pasay City yielded 11 heat-sealed plastic sachets each containing 50 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ and the P1.2 million worth of boodle money topped by a marked P1,000 billduring the sting inside Room No. 7 of Marsman Hotel located along Rizal Avenue corner 2nd Avenue in Gracepark, Caloocan City 1:30 a.m. yesterday, Eleazar said.

According to the NCRPO chief, the suspect initially arranged a drug deal with an undercover officer of the NCRPO Regional Drug Enforcement Unit in a Caltex gas station in Pasay City but eventually changed the venue and asked his contact to meet him at the Marsman Hotel where he was arrested after the deal was consummated.

Eleazar said that a total of 1,050 grams of shabu worth P7,140,000 was recovered from the possession of the suspect by members of the NCRPO-RDEU which launched the operation in coordination with the Caloocan City Police Station.

Eleazar said that prior to the sting, they have received reports that the suspect is a trusted man of one Edgardo Mongado Co alias ‘JR Co,’ an identified leader of a drug trafficking group operating in Pasay and Makati cities and different parts of Rizal and Cavite provinces.

“We’re conducting follow-up operations to arrest more cohorts of the suspect who will be facing non-bailable charges for sale and possession of dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002,” said the NCRPO director.