Couple nabbed in shabu buy-bust

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Friday, May 16, 2014


AUTHORITIES arrested a live-in couple in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay 5-A in Bankerohan in Davao City on Wednesday.

Police identified the suspects as Rolando Quimondo Cariño, 61, a street vendor, and his live-in partner Ana Eden Buat Helardino, 41, both residents of Bryco in Barangay 5-A in Bankerohan.

Operatives of the San Pedro Police Station arrested the suspects around 7 p.m. after Cariño handed a sachet of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” to an undercover police officer.

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Recovered from the possession of the suspects were elongated transparent sachets of suspected shabu and a P500 marked money.

Police also recovered five small sachets of suspected shabu and another big sachet of suspected shabu with a street value of around P15,000, and assorted drug paraphernalia at the suspects' house.

Police said the suspects were tagged as among the notorious drug pushers in the area, adding that it took them weeks of surveillance before they confirmed that the suspects were into selling illegal drugs.

The suspects are currently detained at the San Pedro Police Station while the seized drugs are placed at Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory 11.

The suspects will be charged for violation of Section 5 (Sale) and Section 11 (Possession) of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (ICT)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 16, 2014.

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