Tag Archive: illegal drugs

Two Chinese nationals and a Filipina were arrested after being caught with P25 million worth of suspected shabu in Makati City late Wednesday night, police said.

Arrested were He Kaibei, 28, and Henry Lam, 43, both of Fujian, China; and Annaliza Villegas, 45, said Dir. Joel Pagdilao, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

Elements of the NCRPO Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group arrested the three in a buy-bust operation at the parking lot of a restaurant at Magallanes Ave. cor. Humabon st., Magallanes Village, 11:15 p.m., Pagdilao said.

Operatives confiscated about 5 kilos of suspected shabu, a Nissan Cefiro sedan (XAY-567), and recovered the P10 million “buy bust money” from the suspects, he said.

Charges of violating Republic Act 9165 are being prepared against the suspects, Pagdilao said. (John Roson)

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Three men suspected of being involved in activities related to illegal drugs were found dead inside a tricycle in Dagupan City, Pangasinan, Friday night, after being shot by still unidentified assailants, police said.

The fatalities have already been identified as driver Napoleon Paraan, 45, of Mangaldan; Reynaldo Martinez, 47, and Mamerto Penuliar Jr., 49, both of Sta. Barbara, Senior Insp. Ryan Manongdo, Pangasinan provincial police spokesman, said.

The three were found lying lifeless inside a tricycle along the road leading to Sitio Silungan, Brgy. Bonuan Binloc, around 9 p.m.

“Witnesses said they heard several gunshots in the area before they discovered the trio,” Manongdo said.

Responding policemen recovered a sachet of shabu inside the tricycle, he said.

Investigators are still trying to determine the assailants’ identities and motive, but are looking at a possibility that the killings are related to illegal drug activities.

Sitio Silungan gained infamy after reports indicated that it is a haven for drug traffickers, Manongdo said.

Friday’s killings came two weeks after five men also suspected of engaging in illegal activities were stabbed and shot dead inside a hut in Bugallon town. (John Roson)

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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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A 28-year-old woman was arrested for transporting P550,000 worth of marijuana bricks on a passenger bus in Tabuk City, Kalinga, police said Saturday.

Merlyn Guimba, a native of Tinglayan, was arrested around 6 a.m. Thursday when the bus she was riding passed through a checkpoint in Sitio Talaka, Brgy. Agbannawang, Cordillera regional police director Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong said.

Operatives at the checkpoint siezed from Guimba 22 bricks of dried marijuana weighing about one kilogram each, Magalong said.

Investigators have yet to determine who the contraband was intended for, but the bus was headed for Baguio City, he said. (John Roson)

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Police arrested a woman, her son, and 17-year-old daughter in a drug bust operation in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, Monday night.

Annabelle De Asis, 47, and her son Ian, 27, were arrested around 7:20 p.m. along Gen. Malvar st., Lopez Subd., Brgy. 6, Chief Insp. Rico Santotome Jr., head of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (PAIDSOTG), said.

The two sold six sachets of methampetamine hydrochloride or shabu to police operatives for P500, according to Santotome.

Operatives also seized from the two some P970 cash believed to be proceeds of their illegal activities, two cellphones, and various drug paraphernalia.

De Asis’ daughter, a college student in the city, was also apprehended after she was caught carrying drug paraphernalia with suspected shabu residue, Santotome said.

The arrest literally put all members of the family behind bars, as De Asis’ husband is also in jail after having been arrested for illegal drug possession during a raid on their home last July.

Monday’s entrapment, carried out by members of the PAIDSOTG, Negros Occidental PNP Intelligence Branch, and 6th Regional Public Safety Battalion, was a follow-up to the buy-bust operation in Manapla which led to the arrest of three other drug suspects earlier this month, Santotome said. (John Roson)

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The son of a former military general shot dead a security guard and injured another in a posh village in Quezon City Saturday night, a day after escaping from a drug rehabilitation facility, police said.

Jose Abaya, 47, son of the late AFP general Antonio Abaya, shot Roger Dikit and Alex Cabalde, both guards at the Silver Cross Drug Foundation Rehab Center, National Capital Region Police director Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina said.

Dikit died on the spot while Cabalde was injured, Espina said.

The incident occurred around 6 p.m. at the Abayas’ home, No. 3 Kingfisher st., Green Meadows Subdivision.

Abaya, reportedly a drug dependent, escaped from the rehabilitation center on Friday, Espina said.

Dikit and Cabalde were tasked to bring Abaya back to the rehab center but he met them with gunfire, Espina said, citing reports from the Quezon City Police.

The guards had asked permission from Abaya’s mother to enter their home, but failed to coordinate with the Quezon City Police Station 12 which has jurisdiction over the area, Espina said. (John Roson)

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Authorities seized some P175,000 worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu and arrested four people during a raid at an alleged drug den in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, Saturday afternoon.

Arrested were the drug den’s alleged operator Jolito Alopenia Sr., 45, his live-in partner Precy Alopenia, 46, Sheila Mae Cainoy, 32, and Jerry Ybiernas, 24, Chief Insp. Rico Santotome, head of the Negros Occidental PNP’s Anti Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, said.

Members of the Cadiz City Police carried out the operation in Brgy. Zone 4 on a search warrant issued by Municipal Trial Court Judge Reginald Fuentebella, Santotome said.

During the raid, police confiscated six big packs and 18 small plastic sachets of suspected shabu, a weighing scale, calculators, lighters, an improvised scoop, and pins used in repacking illegal drugs, as well as a motorcycle.

Some P24,568 cash, believed to be proceeds of the illegal trade, was also recovered from Alopenia, Santotome said. (John Roson)

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A 16-year-old drug suspect got killed as he shot it out with policemen in Davao City early Saturday, a police official said.

Senior Supt. Ronald dela Rosa, city police director, said suspect Umpar Macaric was only identified after getting killed in the 6 a.m. shootout.

According to Dela Rosa, elements of the Davao City Police Station 1 were following up on a robbery incident along Quezon Blvd. when they noticed two males showing each other sachets of suspected shabu.

The lawmen approcahed the two and were able to arrest one, identified as Allan Ampaso Germon, 21, of Purok 4, Isla Verde.

“The other suspect ran away and drew a caliber-.22 revolver then pointed it at the chasing oficers, resulting in the gunfight,” Dela Rosa said in a text message.

Macaric succumbed to two bullet wounds to the chest, according to the police official.

Found at the scene were two elongated sachets of suspected shabu and the caliber-.22 revolver, which was still loaded with six live ammunition. (John Roson)

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All soldiers and civilians conducting intelligence operations in different parts of the country are set to undergo random drug tests soon, the military said.

The “counter-intelligence operation” was prompted by incidents of narcotics abuse, drug trafficking, and drug-related crimes which have increased to “alarming levels,” Brig. Gen. Caesar Ronnie Ordoyo, chief of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP), said.

Random drug tests will be carried out by Task Group Jacob, a recently-formed unit under ISAFP, in Camp Aguinaldo, all unified commands, and service support units, Ordoyo said.

As part of the tests, some 387 ISAFP personnel including those who belong to the task group and its supervisory Task Force Moses, had their urine samples checked on Monday for drug use, he said.

Monday’s test was aimed at establishing “moral ascendancy” for those who will carry out random drug tests, the ISAFP chief said.

No one, including Ordoyo, tested positive for using illegal drugs, Armed Forces spokesman Col. Arnulfo Burgos said.

Those who will be found positive of using drugs in the upcoming tests will be “immediately” placed under investigation by the AFP Provost Marshall and may face penalties as severe as dismissal from military service, Burgos said. (John Roson)

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