2 arrested for selling cocaine in Davao-A A +A
Thursday, April 10, 2014
DAVAO CITY -- Members of the Task Group Davao Cocaine seized one kilo of high-grade cocaine and arrested two men in separate buy-bust operations in Bunawan District here on Wednesday.
Task Group head and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Davao Director Emerson Rosales identified the two suspects as Guillermo Dongallo Badilla, alias Gile, 44, a resident of Peñaplata in the Island Garden City of Samal, and his brother Roldan Dongallo Badilla, 20, a resident of Kilometer 25 in Bunawan.
The authorities first arrested Guillermo at Kilometer 23 in Bunawan around 4:30 p.m. He was arrested after he sold 37.2 grams of suspected cocaine worth P8,000 to the operatives who acted as buyers. Recovered from the possession of Guillermo were 37.2 grams of cocaine and another 41.6 grams worth P249,000.
Authorities arrested Roldan at the same area at 5:30 p.m. after he sold 37.4 grams of suspected cocaine to the operatives who acted as buyers. Recovered from his possession were 37.4 grams of cocaine sold for P8,000 and another 18 big sachets containing suspected cocaine weighing 663.5 grams.
The suspects, however, denied the authorities' claims.
Guillermo said he did not want to sell the cocaine. He said he wanted to return them but his brother was afraid because they disintegrated the box of cocaine already.
"They would really deny... everything. Wala namang mga mag-nanakaw na umamin na sila ang nagnakaw. Na huli nga sila sa buy–bust operation diba. Paano nila ipapaliwanag yung pag repack nila dun sa mga cocaine? Alam naman nila matagal na pinapasauli yan," Rosales said.
Rosales said the suspects are now temporarily detained at the Bunawan Police Station. The two will be charged with violation of Section 5 (Selling), Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 15 (Use of Drug) of the Republic Act 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Davao City Police Office (DCPO) chief Vicente D. Danao Jr. said the bricks of cocaine seized are now at 57, bringing the total haul of high–grade cocaine to more than 57 kilos with an estimated market value of at least P6 million per kilogram.
Danao said there are seven bricks of cocaine weighing more than seven kilos that have not yet returned to them. He added that they have a list of the individuals believed to be holding the seven unaccounted bricks.
"As far as the Task Force Group's investigation is concerned, umaabot na tayo sa international level. In fact, both international (counterpart) and national government agencies are conducting their investigations and operations against these illegal drugs. From time to time, we coordinate for further information," Rosales said.
"It's a matter of time nalang. Isasauli ba ninyo o makukulong kayo? Baka ka ikamatay n’yo pa ito pag nag laban kayo, lalo na ako ang leader ng operation, unahan nalang. Kaya ako sa inyo, isasauli ko na yan. Kilala na namin kayo, huwag nyo antayin ang consequences," Danao added.
The authorities first recovered 24 bricks of cocaine inside a Maersk container van around 7 p.m. of March 22. Another 27 bricks were found on March 23, plus two more bricks found on March 25.
On April 1, a truck operator from Sumifru wharf surrendered a total of three bricks of high-grade cocaine at the PDEA Davao Region office, bringing the total haul of recovered bricks of cocaine to 56, with eight bricks still missing.
Meanwhile, PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac Jr. commended the inter-agency operability that transpired during the operation.
He said this only showed that the government with other law enforcement agencies and the community are united in the fight against illegal drugs.
Rosales said he would also like to thank the community for its active participation in the apprehension of the suspected cocaine pushers.
He said the arrest could not be possible if not because of the coordination, cooperation and vigilance of the people. (Sun.Star Davao)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 11, 2014.