By Erma Edera
Fifteen drug suspects, including three minors were arrested in separate anti-illegal drugs operations in Manila before dawn Friday.
Authorities from Sta. Ana Police Station said that a buy-bust operation was hatched after it was confirmed that three minors were involved in the illegal drug trade along Eloriaga Street, Barangay 779 in Sta. Ana, Manila at about 5:00 a.m.
Recovered from the minors were one glass tube containing fruiting tops and several pieces of suspected marijuana.
Meanwhile, police identified the 12 arrested adults as LuisitoTorillo, 39; Ricardo Reyes, 20; Anthony Lopez, 42; Alejandro Fransico, 23; Ruby Natividad, 31; Salvador Molino, 40; NicoAure , 23 ; Ismael Alban, 37; Richard Ortega, 50; ArjayTapalla, 31; Ryan Aliarte, 56 and Sherwin Bagcayan, 23 – all residents of Manila.
Police confiscated from the arrested suspects nine sachets of illegal drugs and marked money.
The three minors will be turned over to the City Social Services Department while the rest will face drug-related charges.
In Mandaluyong City, four drug personalities including a woman were nabbed by Mandaluyong City police in a buy-bust operation Thursday.
Police identified the suspects as Mario Susaya, 42; Angelo Jose Vallero, 30; Christopher Asparela, 40; and RollynethEnaje, 33.
According to investigation, the police along with the police asset, and a confidential informant conducted a buy-bust operation against a known drug peddler alias “Joshua” in Room 404 GDQ Building, Barangay Hulo, Mandaluyong City at around 11a.m.
Mandaluyong Chief of Police Senior Superintendent MoisesVillaceran on Friday said “Joshua” knew that authorities were looking for him, making Susaya, an alleged drug pusher and user, appear on his behalf.
Susaya transacted with the group amounting to P500 worth of suspected shabu and immediately went back to his residence according to Villaceran.
This prompted the police to barge inside Susaya’s residence and apprehended him along with the drug suspects, who by that time, were allegedly, repacking illegal drugs.
Authorities recovered several drug paraphernalia such as undetermined number of plastic sachets, toother, aluminum foil, and a total of five sachets of suspected shabu. (With a report from Hanah Tabios)