POLICE on Thursday, September 29, arrested a lawyer during a drug bust inside an apartelle in Barangay 20-B, Davao City.
Sta. Ana police, led by its station commander Chief Inspector Hamlet Lerios, conducted a drug bust at around 2 a.m. along Lacson Street in Bo. Obrero that resulted to the arrest of Lorenzo Ballesteros Ta-asan, 48, an associate lawyer of a local firm in the city, after he sold a sachet of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as "shabu," to a police officer who acted as a poseur buyer.
"May poseur buyer tayo na nasa loob na ng apartelle at doon natin nahuli itong suspect na nakilalang isang abogado," Lerios told SunStar Davao at the Sta. Ana police station Thursday.
Police seized sachets of suspected "shabu", which weighs around 4.08 grams and has an estimated street value of P14,000.
Other evidence seized were one disposable lighter with an improvised foil needle, rolled aluminum foil, black bag pack, and P500 marked money.
The suspect is currently detained at the Sta. Ana Police Station and is facing charges for violation of the Republic Act 9165, or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines Eastern Mindanao Governor lawyer Caesar Europa said while they do not support any criminal involvement of any lawyers, they still want due to process to be observed.
"While I must state the Integrated Bar of the Philippines will never condone any criminal activity on the part of any of its members, every person is entitled to the presumption of innocence and the right to due process and this, of course, includes lawyers," Europa said.