OPERATIVES of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Northern Mindanao arrested a 45-year-old Bahraini in a drug bust on October 26, at Phase 1, Villa Ernesto Subdivision, Gusa, Cagayan de Oro City.
Authorities identified the drug suspect as Waled Isah Mohammed Qasim whom
PDEA-Northern Mindanao spokesperson Agent Ben Calibre said is allegedly maintaining a drug den.
Calibre said a concerned citizen tipped off the PDEA regarding the alleged activities of Qasim.
"Naay info nga iyang balay gihimong drug den and ga-invite siya og mga minor nga mga babaye ug didto mag pot session only lang kay sa gawas ra ang among transaction pero nagtuo mi nga naa pay droga sa sulod wala lang mi search warrant," Calibre said.
Calibre said the suspect arrived January this year and allegedly started selling illegal drugs.
PDEA operatives recovered from the suspect one sachet of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu and the P3,000 drug bust money.
"Wala siya'y live-in partner. Among gi-validate tanan information nga among nadawat. But since reliable ang among informant nagtuo mi nga gabaligya siya and ga maintain og drug den," Calibre said.
The PDEA is still validating information that may lead to the suspect’s source of illegal drugs.
The local anti-drug law enforcement agency also found out that the suspect has a standing case on reckless imprudence resulting to homicide following a vehicular accident at Jasaan, Misamis Oriental in the first week of September, this year.
For his part, Qasim admitted having used illegal drugs but denied the allegations that he is involved in the illegal drugs trade.
Qasim insisted that the operation was a set up and said he had been visiting the city as a tourist at least once or twice a year.
"I'm just a tourist. It was all a set up. They didn't allow me to contact my lawyer," Qasim said.
"Iya manang claims kay ang mga suspect karon naa sila mindset unsaon pagpalusot pero kami sa PDEA kasuhan gyud namo siya kay nakasupak man siya sa balaod," Calibre said.