PDEA nets 4 drug pushers, seize P150T worth of shabu PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 October 2015 10:52

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has arrested late Friday four suspected known drug pushers and seized about Php 150,000 worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, in two separate anti-drug operations in this city.

PDEA Regional Director Joseph Ladip said Saturday the anti-drug operations were carried out following surveillance on the illegal drug trade activities of the suspects.

Ladip identified the arrested suspects as Reygene Bautista, 27; Zulfikar Lahaman, 36, and his wife, Marigold, 33; and, Jeanur Alam, 36.

Ladip said Bautista and the Lahaman couple were arrested in buy-bust operation around 4:30 p.m. Friday in Barangay Camino Nuevo.

Ladip said the suspects were arrested after they sold a small-size heat-sealed plastic sachet of suspected shabu to an undercover PDEA agent in exchange of Php 300.

He said the arresting team confiscated from the suspects two heat-sealed plastic sachets containing 50 grams shabu valued at about Php 75,000; Php300 “marked money” consisting of three Php 100 bills; a digital weighing scale; and, other prohibited drug paraphernalia.

He said Alam was arrested on the second buy-bust operation they carried out around 9:30 p.m. Friday in Barangay Mercedes.

He said Alam was arrested after he allegedly handed over a heat-sealed plastic sachet of suspected shabu to an undercover PDEA agent in exchange for PhP500.

He said confiscated from Alam’s possession were two heat-sealed plastic sachets containing 50 grams of shabu with an estimated market value of PhP75,000; Php 500 “marked money;” wallet containing Php350 cash and identification card; and, a motorcycle used in the delivery of prohibited drugs.

Ladip said the arrested suspects were subjected to various intelligence validations and verification processes after they were included in the agency’s anti-drugs watch list.

“We just waited for a good opportunity to arrest these suspects because we want to arrest them with all those pieces of evidences on hand so as to file an airtight case,” Ladip said.

He said the suspects were detained while charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2001. — RGAAG