TWO notorious drug dens in Antipolo City were smashed recently by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency following separate anti-narcotics operations which led in the arrest of 10 suspects and the confiscation of an estimated P340,000 worth of shabu, PDEA chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino said.
Among those arrested in Purok Sumulong, Barangay dela Paz in Antipolo City were the suspected drug dive maintainers identified as Eleuterio Gabuya alias’ Neneng’ and Jocelyn Gabuya.’
Also placed under arrest were the drug den visitors identified as Suello Gebilaguin, Meryl Bulabog, Joven Tagalog, Rey Attaban, Pee-Wee Esperilla, Alejandro Gabuya, Arnold Gabuya and John Christopher Alvarez Madrid.
According to Aquino, members of the PDEA Special Enforcement Service, the PDEA K-9 Unit and PDEA Regional Office 4-A first searched the unnumbered 2-storey semi-concrete house in Purok Sumulong which led in the arrest of the two Gabuyas and their visitors Gebilaguin, Bulabog, Tagalog, Attaban and Esperilla.
He said the raid resulted in the recovery of 39 pieces of heat-sealed plastic sachets containing some 35 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ valued at P238,800, various drug paraphernalia and four mobile phones.
The rest of the suspects were arrested in another 2-storey semi-concrete structure located in the same barangay. Found inside the raided drug den were 22 plastic sachets containing around 15 grams of shabu worth P102,000 and several drug paraphernalia.
Aquino said the target of the 2nd raid identified as Freddy Gabuya was not around during the search and is still being hunted as of press time.
The suspects are now facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, the PDEA chief said.