FIVE “high-value drug targets” were arrested by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in four separate buy-bust operations last week, PDEA chair Director General Aaron N. Aquino announced yesterday.
Two of the suspects who are now facing non-bailable charges for sale and possession of dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 were arrested in front of a government office along Batasan Road in Barangay Batasan, Quezon City where they conspired to sell P340,000 worth of shabu to an undercover officer, the official said.
Aquino identified the suspects as Christopher George Gutierrez alias ‘Jong’ and Raymond Pecio. The two yielded 50 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ worth P340,000 and the marked money paid to them by a poseur from the PDEA National Capital Region headed by lawyer George Paul Alcovindas, he said.
A Honda CRV used by the suspects to transport the drugs was also seized by the PDEA officers.
The third suspect identified as Marvin Makilang was arrested in an entrapment operation conducted by members of the PDEA Regional Office 7 and the local police in Caimito Street in Bgy. Basak, San Nicolas, Cebu City.
Aquino said that Makilang yielded two heat-sealed plastic sachets containing around 125 grams of shabu worth P850,000 and the buy-bust money during the operation led by the PDEA Region 7 under Director Wardley Getalla.
The two others identified as Rexor Bartolome and Noel Vargas, both kagawads were arrested in separate stings in Ilocos Norte and Leyte, the PDEA chief said.
Bartolome, a councilman of Bgy. 23 in San Matias, Laoag City was arrested during a sting. Recovered from him were three plastic sachets containing five grams of shabu valued at P34,000 and the marked money. The operation was conducted by the PDEA Region 1 headed by Director Bryan Babang.