ANGELES CITY – A Korean national and his Filipina live-in partner were arrested by agents of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region III (PDEA3) in a drug sting operation that also resulted in the dismantling of a drug den and arrest of three drug personalities at Timog Park Subdivision, here the other day.
In a report submitted to PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino, PDEA3 Director Gil T. Pabilona identified the suspects as Suh Jun Hong, 44, a native of Daeju City, South Korea, and Maria S. Ramos, 31.
Also arrested during the buy-bust operation were an employee of the Dept. of Social Welfare and Development identified as Michael M. Balberan, 40, and two others identified as Reynon B. Rodriguez, 36, and Patrick L. Nepomuceno, 28.
The anti-drug operation transpired at 2:15 a.m. when agents of PDEA secured a drug deal from Hong and Ramos for the sale of P1,000 worth of kush, a hybrid type of marijuana.
The high impact operation yielded five self-sealing transparent plastic sachets containing colored tablets suspected to be Ecstasy, two heat-sealed transparent plastic containing suspected kush, various drug paraphernalia and the buy-bust money.
“Hong has been in the country for eight years and based on our investigation, he owns a five-storey commercial building being rented in Korea and all proceeds are being sent here in the Philippines,” Pabilona said.
The suspects are now detained at PDEA Jail Facility, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
Meanwhile, in Camp Olivas, Dept. of Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III led the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the new PNP-Regional Health Service 3 Infirmary.
The P4,455,000 PNP Clinic is funded by the DoH thru its GAA 2019 Health Facilities Enhancement Program.