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Dentist nabbed in Cotabato drug bust

Authorities arrested a dentist and three other people after they were caught sniffing shabu inside a drug den in Cotabato City.

Dr. Rainier Masukat, a rural health dentist; Marvin Sinsuat, 40; Rosello Paches, 33; and Von Lluna, 24, were arrested inside the drug den in Brgy. Bagua 3 on Monday, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Arturo Cacdac said.

The illegal facility was discovered after members of the PDEA-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao conducted an entrapment operation against a suspected drug pusher, Cacdac said.

An undercover PDEA agent pretended to buy shabu from “watch-listed” pusher Ricky Cimafranca at the latter’s home, but the target managed to escape after handing over the illegal drug, Cacdac said.

A hot pursuit ensued, prompting other operatives to enter Cimafranca’s house where Masukat and the others were having a “pot session,” he said.

Masukat, Sinsuat, Paches, and Lluna will be charged for visiting the drug den. Cimafranca will be charged for selling dangerous drugs and maintaining a drug den, Cacdac said. (John Roson)

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Anti-narcotics agents arrested a barangay chairman of Lanao del Sur and his two companions for selling shabu, during an entrapment operation in San Pedro, Laguna, authorities said Saturday.

Salpoden Mampao, chairman of Brgy. Mapoling, Lumba-Bayabao, was arrested inside a popular fast food chain outlet along the National Highway in Brgy. Nueva, on Monday, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Arturo Cacdac said.

Also arrested were Mampao’s companions Matuan Badong, 22, and Jalal Rinanandang, 28, both residents of San Lorenzo Village, Brgy. Balibago, Sta. Rosa City.

“An undercover agent was able to hatch a drug transaction with Mampao, who agreed to rendezvous inside a restaurant,” Cacdac said in a statement.

Members of the PDEA Regional Office 4A and policemen seized Mampao and his companions after they received the marked P500 bill in exchange for two sachets with 10 grams of shabu worth P20,000, Cacdac said.

The operatives also confiscated two loaded caliber-.45 pistols, a caliber-.38 revolver, and a sports utility vehicle from the suspects.

Another companion of Mampao, identified only as a certain Nasser Afdal, was able escape.

Charges of violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are now being prepared against the 28-year-old Mampao and his companions. (John Roson)

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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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