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Bataan falls to buy-bust operatives

Anti-drug operatives nabbed a notorious drug peddler in a buy bust-operation Monday night in Pasay City, yielding P500,000 worth of illegal drugs.

The suspect was identified by police as Ryan Bataan, 32, a resident of Valerio Street, Barangay 132, Zone 12, Pasay City.

Investigation showed that the operation was conducted by members of the Station Drug Enforcement Team (SDET) at around 9:30 in the evening at the home of Bataan along Valerio Street.

An undercover police officer successfully purchased from the suspect P9,000 worth of shabu. During the transaction, operatives swooped down the area and arrested the suspect.

Police seized from Bataan was shabu weighing more or less 93 grams with an estimated street value of P500,000. They also recovered a digital weighing scale, a .38 caliber revolver with six pieces of live ammunition.

The suspect was brought to the Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) while the confiscated illegal drug was submitted to the PNP Crime Laboratory. The recovered firearm will be brought to the SPD for ballistic examination.

Bataan will be facing charges in violation of Sections 5 and 11, Article 2, of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and violation of the Omnibus Election Code before the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office. (Dhel Rosario)

Mandaluyong Police nails Cruz in another buy-bust

An alleged drug peddler who was included in the drug watchlist was arrested by policemen in a buy-bust operation in Mandaluyong City Monday.

Senior Supt. Moises Villaceran, Mandaluyong City Police chief, identified the suspect as Jonathan Cruz alias Jojo, 44, jobless, of Barangay San Jose, Mandaluyong City.

Villaceran said that the buy-bust sting against Cruz, who was included in the city police drug watchlist, was conducted at around 3 p.m. near his house in Sitio 2, Barangay San Jose.

A police poseur buyer transacted with Cruz and was able to purchase a sachet of suspected shabu worth P200, Villaceran said.

After the deal, anti-narcotics team lurking nearby quickly apprehended Cruz and they recovered a total of six sachets of suspected shabu, the marked money, and a plastic container.

Cruz is now detained and will be charged for violating RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Man, minor busted for peddling in Binondo

A tricycle driver and a teen girl were arrested following a drug bust along Delpan Street in Binondo, Manila last Sunday afternoon.

Police identified one of the suspects as Rolando Ponce, 50, and a resident of Raxabago Street, Tondo district.

Initial report revealed that the duo sold “shabu” to an undercover agent inside a tricycle at around 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 10.

Thereafter, operatives came out of hiding to collar them.

Nineteen sachets of the said illegal drugs were seized from the two as evidence.

Ponce is now detained at Manila Police District (MPD) Station 11.

Meanwhile, his minor accomplice was turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). (Ria Fernandez)

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