ANTI-NARCOTICS agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Cordillera arrested a drug personality on PDEA's watchlist in a drug bust operation last Friday evening, November 10, at M. Roxas Street, Trancoville, Baguio City.
PDEA operatives identified the suspect as Joey Valenzuela Bautista alias Choi, 36 years old and a resident of Gabriela Silang.
His arrest came after selling a heat-sealed sachet containing suspected shabu worth P3,000 to a PDEA agent.
Upon his arrest, Bautista yielded two more sachets containing suspected shabu and the buy-bust money.
Choi is now detained at the Baguio City Jail and will face cases for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) of Republic Act Number 9165 otherwise known as the "Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002."
Despite being undermanned , PDEA, according to information officer lawyer Joseph Calulut said there will be no let up in the war against dangerous drugs.
"The agency will intensify its operations in the region despite the lack of personnel," said Calulut.
Under the new directive of the President, the agency will be the lead agency in charge of heading the war against illegal drugs with support coming from the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agency if needed.
Recently, PDEA Car successfully destroyed some 74,452 pieces of fully-grown marijuana plants that were cultivated from 13,057 square meters of land, with an estimated worth of 15,310,000 pesos that were subsequently burned on site at at Sitios Talin and Pugo, Tulgao West, Tinglayan, Kalinga on October 27 following an Information given to them by concerned citizens.
"The continuous help of the community through the passage of Information to the agency and other law enforcement agencies is very vital to strengthen the war on illegal drugs. It is critical that our communication line with them must always be open to effectively conduct the necessary operations against those involved in the illegal drug trade," Calulut added.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on November 13, 2017.
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