Authorities arrested a Navy personnel, his common-law wife, and three others for allegedly maintaining a “drug den” near the military headquarters in Taguig City.

Romyr de Torres, an enlisted serviceman at the Navy, and his live-in partner Evelyn Labjata, were arrested at their home in Block 6, Zone 3, Brgy. Fort Bonifacio, on Monday, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Arturo Cacdac said.

Benjie Alit, 43; Eduardo Labjata, 46; and Randy Rili, 26, were also arrested for allegedly serving as “employees” of the drug den, Cacdac said in a statement.

Operatives of the PDEA Special Enforcement Service and Naval Intelligence and Security Force raided De Torres’ home with a search warrant, Cacdac said.

Seized from the house were 25 sachets of methampetamine hydrochloride or shabu, 35 aluminum foil strips with shabu residue, and various drug paraphernalia, according to Cacdac.

De Torres and the others have been charged of violating Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, at the Taguig City Prosecutor’s Office. (John Roson)

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