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PDEA impostors identified in Taguig

The Taguig City Police, in close coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) are set to file charges against the armed group whose members were posing as PDEA agents arresting drug pushers, and extorting money from them in exchange for their freedom.

According to Taguig Police Chief Senior Supt. Alexander Santos, they have already identified the armed group and they are closely working with PDEA to file the appropriate charges against them within the week.

From the CCTV footage obtained by police from Barangay Ususan last. Feb. 4, the group members were seen posing as PDEA operatives, on board a black Mitsubishi Montero and a black Toyota Hilux pick-up.

They later accosted a man in an alley and came out shortly with three other men who were apparently arrested.Santos described the scheme as a form of “hulidap” where fake police officers perform arrests in order to extort money from law offenders.

The same incident occured on February 18, where the same two vehicles parked at Barangay Ususan along Tomasa Ave. corner General Luna St.

Seven men dressed up as PDEA agents with long firearms were seen inside the same vehicles. When police arrived, a man in PDEA uniform introduced himself as a PDEA agent. They fled the scene when they failed to produced IDs when police asked them.

Later in the evening on that day, the Toyota Hilux with plate number UGQ-317 was found along Lansones corner Mabolo Streets in Barangay Comembo, Makati City. Police found inside the vehicle cash worth P296,000, one ice pack and four sachets of suspected shabu, one plate number, one handcuff, a .30-caliber Carbine rifle, a .45-caliber Glock pistol, two cellphones and handheld radios.

Santos added that CCTV footage from the barangay saw the brother of the Hi-Lux owner driving the vehicle with the armed group. The owner said that his brother borrowed the vehicle. (Dhel Nazario)

2 drug peddlers nabbed

Seven sachets of shabu were seized from two drug peddlers in separate buy-bust operations Friday in Manila.

Police reports identified suspect as Ricardo Francisco, 38, of #2440 Onyx St., San Andres Bukid, Manila.

Elements of Manila Police District—Sta. Ana Police Station (PS-6) Station Drug Enforcement Team led by PSInsp. Alfredo V. Tan, Jr. conducted a buy-bust operation on February 23 along Onyx St. San Andres Bukid, Manila to arrest the suspect.

Arresting officers apprehended Francisco in his home at around 6 p.m. and seized six plastic sachets containing shabu.

The drug evidence, reportedly with an estimated street value of P1,800, were brought to MPD-Crime Laboratory Office (MPD-CLO) for further investigation and safe-keeping.

Francisco was temporarily detained at PS-6 Custodial Facility and will face charges for violation of R.A. 9165 or Illegal Possession of Dangerous Drugs.

Another suspected drug peddler, reportedly a member of the Sputnik Gang, was arrested for the same violation in Quiapo, Manila.

PO3 Arjay B. Terrado, case investigator, identified the suspect as 23-year-old tricycle driver Alando Candaw of 913 Arlegue St., Quiapo, Manila.

Elements of Plaza Miranda Police Community Precinct conducted an Anti-Criminality Campaign on February 23 around 7:43 p.m. along Villalobos St. near corner C. Palanca St. Brgy. 306, Quiapo, Manila.

Initial investigation revealed that as they made rounds around the area, arresting officers PO1 Andre Placiente and PO1 Julius Ballesteros saw the suspect talking and handing a plastic sachet containing suspected shabu to an unidentified person.

Upon sensing the presence of the police, the unidentified customer ran away. Candaw, however, was arrested by the police officers.

The drug evidence were turned over to MPD-CLO for further investigation and safe-keeping. Candaw, meanwhile, will face charges for violation of R.A. 9165. (Hans Amancio)

Illegal gamblers

Two men, including a teenager, were arrested for illegal gambling and possession of illegal drugs Friday in Tondo, Manila.

PO1 Arvin Bautista identified the suspects as Huzel John Bautista, 19, of Brgy. 29, Zabala St., Tondo, Manila and Louie Galano, 40, of 643 Pavia St. Tondo, Manila.

Initial investigation revealed that prior to the apprehension of the suspects, elements of Del Pan Police Community Precinct composed of PO3 Marty Guinto and PO2 Boyet Jargue were conducting an Anti-Criminality Operation on February 23 at around 12:30 p.m. along Road 10 near Pier 4, Tondo, Manila.

The officers reportedly then saw both the suspects sitting on the pavement, engaging in a form of illegal gambling called Cara y Cruz and eventually the policemen arrested them.

Recovered from the suspects are three pieces of P1 and bet money amounting to P480.

The confiscated evidence, along with two pieces of plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, were brought to the Manila Police District-Crime Laboratory Office for further investigation and safe-keeping.

Bautista and Galano were brought to Moriones-Tondo Police Station (PS-2) and will face charges for violation of R.A. 9165 or Possession of Illegal Drugs and P.D. 1602 or Illegal Gambling. (Hans Amancio)

Women active in drug trade

Seven drug personalities were nabbed by the police in the continuous anti-illegal drug operations in Quezon City before dawn Saturday.

First to fall in the hands of the Drug Enforcement Unit of Novaliches Police Station were Grace Lorenzo, 26, a resident of Barangay San Agustin, Quezon City, and Leilani Alueto, 39, of Caloocan City.

According to the police, they were conducting ‘Oplan Galugad’ along Citizen Street in Interville Subdivision, Barangay San Agustin at around 12:30 a.m. when they chanced upon the two women examining a plastic sachet under a street light.

When they approached the two, they were found to have two plastic sachets containing white substance suspected as shabu.

Two hours later, anti-illegal drug operatives of Project 4 Police Station nabbed Mary Rose Pagdalian, 32; Jolina Legaspi, 19; Joaquin Gammad, 37; all from Cubao, Quezon City; and Jesielyn Adonay, 31, resident of Baras, Rizal; and Warren Dela Paz, 38, of Antipolo City, during a buy-bust operation.

Police said that the drug sting was a follow-up operation based on the information given by a drug personality they had arrested earlier. (Alexandria Dennise San Juan)

Motorcycle shop as den

Police arrested six men included in the drug watch list in Valenzuela City and recovered P75,000 worth of shabu, firearms, and ammunition during an operation conducted Friday night.

Authorities from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Valenzuela City police’s drug enforcement unit conducted a buy-bust operation against Emmanuel Marinias alias “Manny,” 29, mechanic, of Valenzuela City.

Around 9:30 p.m., Marinias was nabbed after he handed over a sachet of suspected shabu worth P300.00 to a police poseur-buyer in front of a motorcycle shop allegedly being used as a drug den.

Police also arrested Noelito Demetion, 45, the owner of the motorcycle shop; John Carl Gatdula, 37, jobless; Egmadio Calixto, 31, jobless; and Dennis Salvador, 37, driver. All are residents of Valenzuela Cify and also included in the drug watch list, according to city police chief Sr. Supt. Ronaldo Mendoza.

Marinias was targeted as he was listed as pusher in the drug watch list of Barangay Ugong, Mendoza said.

However, Marinias denied selling illegal drugs but admitted that he was a drug user.

“I was about to inquire for my motorcycle when the cops came. They just planted the drugs,” Marinias told the Manila Bulletin.

Meanwhile, other arrested men, including the owner, were also nabbed after they were caught allegedly having pot-session inside the shop. They admitted that they were drug dependents.

Seized from them were seven sachets of suspected shabu weighing 15 grams in total, two caliber. 38 revolver, assorted spare parts of M-16 rifle and assorted ammunition.

Appropriate charges will be filed against the six men who were detained at the Valenzuela police detention cell. (Kate Javier)

2 holdup artists apprehended

Two notorious motorcycle-riding criminals were nabbed during an Oplan Galugad in Caloocan City Friday night, police said.

Cris Olastre, 30, helper and Leo De Jose, 30, tricycle driver, were arrested after they were positively identified as notorious holduppers onboard a motorcycle operating in Barangay 177, said case investigator PO1 Jomar Manalo.

Elements of Police Community Precinct 5 led by Chief Inspector Narciso Cajipe were conducting Oplan Galugad when they arrested the two men in Barangay 177 around 7 p.m.

“We had information that these criminals were roaming the area with a shotgun and brown bag,” Manalo said.

Seized from the two men were brown bag containing an improvised shotgun with 12 gauge cartidges and a heat-sealed plastic sachet of suspected shabu.

Charges will be filed against the two men who are now detained at the Caloocan police detention cell. (Kate Javier)

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