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Two nabbed in Manila buy-bust ops

Two drug suspects were arrested during a buy-bust operation in Pandacan, Manila early morning Wednesday.

Police identified the suspects as Richard Carguera, 34; and Gemar Morabe, 30.

The poseur buyer successfully purchased P1000 worth of shabu from the two along Obesis Street.

Thereafter, the anti-drug operatives of Manila Police District (MPD) Station 10 collared them at around 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 5.

Seven sachets of shabu were recovered in their possession aside from the marked money.

The suspects are now detained, facing charges in violation of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Ria Fernandez)

Malate’s 7th most wanted falls

The seventh most wanted criminal in Malate, Manila has fallen into the hands of police.

Jaymar Brecio, 31, single, and resident of 2226 Interior 10, Leveriza Street of the said district was arrested at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday by virtue of warrant of arrest issued by Manila Municipal Trial Court (MTC) Branch 27 Judge Joel Lucasan last May 7.

The suspect, who is facing a theft charge, was along Paraiso ng Batang Maynila, Asuncion Street at that time.

Thereafter, he was brought to Manila Police District (MPD) Station 9 for detention. (Ria Fernandez)

Two suspects arrested in Pasig buy-bust ops

Two men who allegedly yielded several sachets of suspected shabu were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Pasig City Wednesday night.

Police identified the suspects as Condrado Santiago alias “Rading”, 45; and Joed Cruz, 24.

Both men are residents of Barangay Pinagbuhatan in Pasig City.

Chief Insp. Allan Miparanum, Eastern Police District Drug Enforcement Unit (DDEU) chief, said that duo were newly-identified drug suspects.

“They are newly-identified drug suspects. Santiago conspired with Cruz in their illegal drug activity,” Miparanum said in Filipino.

Investigation showed that at around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, anti-narcotic cops launched a buy-bust sting against the duo inside a house believed to be owned by Santiago in Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Pasig.

Police said a police poseur-buyer was able to purchase illegal drugs worth P300 from the suspects.

After the transaction and the pre-arranged signal was made, police quickly swooped in and arrested the duo.

Recovered were 13 sachets of suspected shabu and the buy-bust money.

The suspects are detained and will face the charge for violating RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Jhon Casinas)

5 scalpers arrested for selling UAAP basketball tickets at much higher price

Five scalpers selling tickets of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Basketball Finals Game 2 at a much higher price were nabbed by the police in Quezon City on Wednesday.

Authorities of the Quezon City Police District were able to arrest Romeo Beltran, Rossman Dado, Gilbert Tuñacao, Randy Babagay, and Rommel Gagui in different areas within the vicinity of Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao where the game was held.

Joint elements of the Inteligence Division, Special Operations Unit, and Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit of QCPD were able to collar the suspects during its intensified crackdown operations against ticket scalpers for the much anticipated event.

During the operation, the five men were caught in the act of selling UAAP tickets to undercover cops within the coliseum and far from the event’s authorized ticket booths.

Police also said that the arrested scalpers were selling on-hand tickets for at least 10 times its original price.

The suspects were brought to QCPD Headquarters in Camp Karingal for investigation and proper disposition.

Charges for violation on the Quezon City anti-scalping ordinance were also filed against them.

Based on the City Ordinance SP-493, S-97, scalping is defined as “unlawful selling/or buying of admission tickets outside the authorized official booth, outlet, or place designated for the purpose.”

Under the ordinance, scalpers shall be penalized through a fine of 5,000 pesos or imprisonment of one year, or both, at the discretion of the Court.

If twice arrested, they will be automatically sentenced to both one year imprisonment and 5,000 peso-fine.

QCPD director Joselito Esquivel Jr. has reiterated their crackdown operations against scalpers following reports of people taking advantage of the UAAP Basketball Finals Game 1 at the Mall of Asia Arena (MOA) in Pasay City by selling overpriced tickets to patrons who want to watch the event live.

With this, the QCPD chief ordered the deployment of additional policemen, includinh undercover cops, outside and inside the game venue to augment cops of Cubao Police Station (PS-7) and security personnel of the Smart Araneta Coliseum to ensure peace and order including smooth flow of traffic before and even after the game.

More than 23,000 fans troop to the coliseum for the UAAP Game 2 Basketball Finals between UP Maroons and Ateneo Blue Eagles on Wednesday. (Alex San Juan)

Drug suspect nabbed, female cohort escaped in Pasay drug bust

A lone drug suspect was apprehended by police while his alleged female cohort managed to escape during an anti-criminality operation in Pasay City shortly after midnight yesterday.

Members of the Maricaban Police Community Precinct arrested John Richie Belchez, 21, a resident of Saint Augustine Street Brgy 178 Maricaban, Pasay City.

His cohort, identified by police as Normina Fabores, a resident of Saint Francis St.,Brgy 178 Maricaban Pasay City, was able to escape.

Investigation showed that Belchez was arrested at around 12:30 in the morning along Saint Mary St., Brgy 178, Maricaban, Pasay.

Belchez was apprehended by members of the Maricaban PCP who was conducting an anti-criminality operation at the area of Brgy 178, Maricaban, Pasay City.

Police recovered four pieces of small heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu.

Suspect was referred to Station Drug Enforcement Unit of the Pasay City Police Station for filing of charges in violation of RA 9165 before the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office. (Dhel Nazario)

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