Tuesday, August 30, 2011

PDEA-10’s drive against the illegal drugs trade gains ground

By Juliet Cagaanan

MINDANAO NEWS – There is no let up in the fight against illegal drugs in Northern Mindanao.

This assurance came from Regional Director Roberto S. Opeña of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), region 10, who said they have continued to implement measures to eradicate the illegal-drugs business in the region.

He said operatives of PDEA-10 conducted a buy-bust operation at Riverside Balongis, Balulang, this City last August 27, at around 3:00 p.m., a day before the fiesta of Sr. San Agustin, the Patron Saint of the city, which is called the City of Golden Friendship.

The said operation resulted in the arrest of Macabida Amerol y Pacot, , 36 years old, male, married and a resident of the area, who is among the Target Listed Drug Personality (TLDP).

Bought from the suspect by a PDEA undercover agent were two (2) pieces of heat sealed transparent plastic sachets believed to be shabu.

Also recovered were six (6) pieces heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets believed to be shabu, and 35 pieces of empty plastic sachets with shabu residues.

Last Aug. 23, at around 7:50 a.m., a buy-bust operation at Purok 10, Barangay Poblacion, Valencia City conducted by operatives of the PDEA Bukidnon Provincial Office, also resulted in the arrest of Mark Dionson Manangkila, 38 years old, male, married, carpenter who is a Target Listed Drug Personality (TLDP), and Norma Dela Rosa Inda, 51 years old, female, married and a housewife, who is a Watch Listed Drug Personality (WLDP).

Both pushers were caught after conniving to sell one (1) pc. heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu to a PDEA undercover agent.

Also recovered from their possession and control were four (4) pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu.

The suspects are now temporarily detained at PDEA Regional Office and Bukidnon Sub-Office for booking and documentation while seized drug evidences were brought to PNP Provincial Crime Laboratory for examination.

Likewise, appropriate charges for violation of Sections 5 & 11 of RA 9165 against the suspects are now being prepared for filing in court. (PDEA)

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