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3 druggies nabbed in Valenzuela

Three alleged drug personalities were arrested in separate buy-bust operations in Valenzuela City on Sunday before dawn.

Arrested were Razel Dales Santos, 31, wood cutter; Benson Maguigad, 42, jobless, both residents at Teachers’ Village, Gen. T. De Leon, Valenzuela City; and Johnrie Lan Da, alias Rosario, 26, helper, resident of Sta. Cruz, Manila.

Santos is listed as a drug pusher in the police’s drug watchlist.

Elements of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) conducted the first sting along Lorex Street, Gen. T. De Leon at about 12:15 a.m.

Investigation showed that Santos and Maguigad were arrested after a poseur buyer bought a sachet of suspected shabu worth P500 from them.

Meanwhile, their cohort who police identified as a certain “Lupin,” resident of the area, managed to flee, evading arrest.

Police retrieved four sachets of suspected shabu, P500 buy-bust money, P70 in cash, and a black pouch from the suspects.

The second buy bust was conducted on Tamaraw Hills Street, Marulas at about 1:30 a.m.

According to a report, Da sold a sachet of suspected shabu worth P200 to a poseur buyer before he was arrested.

Four sachets of suspected shabu, P200 marked money, and P200 in cash were recovered from the suspect.

The retrieved pieces of evidence and the suspects were brought to the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory Satellite Office in Valenzuela for laboratory examination and drug testing.

The suspects will be charged for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Follow-up operation is ongoing for Lupin’s arrest. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

MPD: Watch out for crime surge

The Manila Police District (MPD) is reminding the public to be more alert and vigilant as crimes are expected to rise during the holiday season.

MPD chief Senior Supt. Vicente Danao Jr. said that crimes against property or theft and robbery are the most prevalent crimes during the Christmas season.

“Most prevalent crimes during holiday seasons are crimes against property. Pickpocketing and salisi are the usual crimes being recorded.” Danao said.

“To prevent salisi, the public is advised to avoid dealing with people they do not personally know, especially if they are offering somehting that is to good to be true,” he added.

Danao likewise advised the public to avoid wearing and using expensive jewelry and gadgets in public.

“Avoid using expensive jewelries or gadgets while walking alone. Be cautious of your personal belongings while in public places,” he said. (Erma Edera)


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