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Woman included in drug watch list arrested in buy-bust

A woman who was included in the police’s drug watch list was nabbed in a buy-bust operation at Paso de Blas, Valenzuela City on Saturday night.

Arrested was Lydia Valdez, 58, a dispatcher, and a resident of the area.

Valdez was listed as a drug pusher in the police’s watch list.

Elements of the Valenzuela City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit conducted the sting at the Valenzuela Gateway Complex at about 7:30 p.m.
Investigation showed that a poseur buyer finalized a drug deal with Valdez before she was arrested.

Police retrieved three sachets of suspected shabu, P200 in cash, and P200 marked money.

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

The suspect is now under police custody and will be facing charges for violating Article 11 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Druggie nabbed in Malabon

A 21-year-old man was arrested after patrolling police found him in possession of suspected marijuana leaves along Herrera Street, Ibaba, Malabon City on Saturday evening.

Police identified the suspect as Jimboy Diestra, jobless, and resident of P. De Guzman Street, Ibaba, Malabon City.

The suspect was not included in the police or barangay’s drug watch list.

According to a report, two policemen were conducting anti-criminality patrol along the area when they encountered the suspect.

Diestra was allegedly examining a sachet of suspected marijuana leaves.

Police then arrested him. He is now being held at the Malabon City Police Station Custodial Facility.

The sachet of suspected marijuana leaves was retrieved and brought to the Northern Police District Crime Laboratory Satellite Office in Valenzuela City for laboratory examination.

Charges for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against Diestra. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Man dead after stabbing woman

A man who allegedly stabbed a woman to death after the latter refused to live with him again died in Tondo, Manila on Saturday evening.

The police identified the man as Patrick Francisco Ramos, 62, single and resident of Laong Nasa Street, Tondo, Manila. He was rushed to Tondo General Hospital, seven hours after he allegedly stabbed the victim.

On the other hand , the victim was identified as Janet Santos, 38, single and resident of Maria Guizon Street, Daang Bakal Street, Tondo Manila. She was rushed to Ospital ng Tondo but she was declared dead on arrival.

According to SPO2 Lester Evangelista, Ramos was carrying a “heavy heart on what happened” when Ramos was brought to the hospital at around 8:29 p.m. on Jan. 12. The suspect experienced numbness all over his body and stomachache causing his death, Evangelista added.

Investigation showed that the victim and suspect were former live-in partners. Case investigator SPO1 Jorlan Taluban said that Santos was washing the clothes in front of her residence along when the suspect arrived at around 1:00 p.m. on Jan. 12.

Taluban said Ramos persuaded Santos to live with him again but the victim refused. Moments after, the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed her at the back. The victim managed to face the suspect but Ramos continuously stabbed her until she collapsed on the ground.

Meanwhile, the suspect’s body was brought to AMURAO Funeral Homes for autopsy and safekeeping. (Erma Edera)

Five druggies nabbed in Marikina

About P130,000 worth of illegal drugs were seized from five alleged drug suspects in a buy-bust operation in Marikina City Friday night.

Police identified the suspects as Eduardo Naniong alias Jojo, 37; Pocholo Agpaoa, 39; Dina Denise Carlos, 25; Cherry Aringo, 30; Gideon Evasco, 18—all are residents of Barangay Concepcion Uno, Marikina City.

Members of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit conducted the buy-bust sting against a certain Jojo, later identified as Naniong, inside a KTV bar in Barangay Concepcion Uno, Marikina around 10 p.m. on Friday.

Police said that an undercover cop was able to purchase a sachet of suspected shabu worth P500 from Jojo, the police said.

After the deal was made, the anti-narcotics team quickly placed Jojo and his companions under arrest were they yielded 14 more sachets of shabu, the police added.

A total of 15 sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated weight of 20 grams worth about P130,000 were recovered from the suspects. Police also confiscated several drug paraphernalia, a black pouch, and the buy-bust money.

Prior to the operation, authorities received a report concerning the involvement of a certain Jojo with illegal drug trade in the area.

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

Tricycle driver nabbed for illegal drug possession

A tricycle driver was arrested after the police seized two sachets of suspected shabu in a COMELEC checkpoint in Manila in preparation for the 2019 midterm elections on Saturday early morning.

The police identified the suspect as Paulino Lim, 26, single, resident of Iradium Street, Sta. Ana Manila.

Police said they were conducting a checkpoint in Sta. Ana Police Station along New Panaderos Street Sta. Ana, Manila when they instructed the driver to stop driving around 1:25 a.m. on Jan. 13.

Then, the driver was asked by the police to show his driver’s license. However, when he opened his wallet, the police saw two sachets of suspected shabu from Lim.

However, Lim denied that he owns it and insisted that his passenger handed him the payment along with the sachets of suspected shabu. He added that he was not aware and he was just surprised that the police were already arresting him.

Lim was placed under custody and will be charged for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Hundreds of checkpoints and chokepoints are expected to be set up by the Philippine National Police across the country as part of the election security for the midterm elections in May. (Erma Edera)

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