By Martin Sadongdong
A former military personnel and two other cohorts were arrested after they allegedly yielded around 205.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu with a street value of P1.36 million to operatives of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) in Parañaque City on Thursday afternoon.
NCRPO Director Guillermo Eleazar identified the arrested suspects as Johnven Arnaiz alias “Toto” and “Bossing,” 40, a former member of the Philippine Army (PA), of BF Homes, Parañaque City; Valentine Arnaiz, 52; and Joseph Gabatbat, 37.
Operatives of NCRPO’s Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU), Regional Special Operations Unit (RSOU), and Parañaque City Police apprehended the three suspects in a buy-bust operation conducted at the parking area of a shopping mall in BF Homes, Parañaque City around 5 p.m.
Eleazar said it was Arnaiz who allegedly sold four heat-sealed plastic sachets, each containing 50 grams of suspected shabu, to a police poseur-buyer. The deal was closed at P440,000 in exchange of the said items.
Meanwhile, Arnaiz’ two cohorts were waiting for him inside a black and red Toyota Vios with plate number VK-5960 parked on the fourth floor of the mall.
When the transaction turned out to be positive, Eleazar said the undercover agent gave out the prearranged signal. The arresting teams then showed themselves and collared Arnaiz and his two cohorts.
Police frisked Arnaiz and found in his possession a caliber .45 pistol while the two cohorts yielded a sachet containing 5.5 grams of suspected shabu.
Eleazar said the 205.5 grams seized from the suspects can be sold in the streets for P1.36 million.
The three suspects were brought to NCRPO headquarters in Taguig City while charges for selling and possession of dangerous drugs under the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against them.
Furthermore, a separate charge for violation of RA 10591 or Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition will be filed against Arnaiz.
On the other hand, the suspected drugs and gun were brought to Crime Laboratory for technical examination.