This past weekend in the City of Parañaque, law enforcers raided a drug den and arrested six suspects, according to a Manila Bulletin news report. The same report stated that hundreds of thousands of pesos worth of illegal drugs were confiscated. Take note that in early May, the city’s mayor declared almost all of the barangays were drug-free.
To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the Manila Bulletin report. Some parts in boldface…
Members of the Southern Police District (SPD) Drug Enforcement Unit raided a drug den in Parañaque City that led to the arrest of six suspects and confiscation of P408,000 worth of shabu on Sunday, May 22.
SPD Director Brig. Gen. Jimili Macaraeg said the drug den maintainer was identified as Kaliman Midtimbang,31, who was tagged by the police as a high value individual (HVI). He was arrested together with five other suspects: Datupuwa Kanapia Datumantang, 32, also an HVI; Frederick Bautista, 23; Alfredo Cinco Montilla, 67; Sarah Jane Lumabao, 27; and Nadeen Junio Pedragoa, 25, all tagged as street level individuals (SLI).
Macaraeg said the suspects were arrested around 9:20 p.m. inside the drug den located along Ninoy Aquino Avenue, Barangay San Dionisio, Parañaque City.
He said members of the SPD-DEU first conducted a buy-bust operation against Midtimbang and the team immediately raided the drug den after a poseur buyer was able to buy shabu from the suspect.
The SPD chief said the raiding team also found Datumantang distributing plastic sachets of shabu to other suspects to be sold to prospective buyers.
Macaraeg said the SPD-DEU team was able to confiscate from the suspects 16 sachets containing about 60 grams of shabu worth P408,000, and the P500 buy-bust money.
He said the arrested suspects were brought to the SPD custodial facility and were charged in violation of Section 5, 6 and 11 under Art II of RA 9165.
The confiscated shabu was brought to the SPD Forecsic Laboratory for chemical analysis.
Let me end this piece by asking you readers: What do you think about this latest news development? Do you believe Parañaque will remain a hot spot for illegal drugs no matter what the city government officials say? Do you expect serious changes in the local war against drugs will happen once the newly elected local officials take over?
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