OPERATIVES from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Northern Mindanao apprehended on Sunday afternoon a woman who tried to sell a pack of illegal drugs and her two companions in Valencia City during a buy-bust operation.

Arrested was Rita Traje alias Rita Babela and Gigi Babela, 36, and a resident of Purok 2, Barangay Poblacion, Valencia City who sold one heat-sealed plastic sachet containing methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) to a PDEA agent acting as poseur-buyer.

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Traje reportedly has a history of previous apprehensions and criminal cases have already been filed against her for violation of the Anti-Drug Law (RA 9165), which were all dismissed due to technicalities.

Also arrested during the operation are Rey Gey Lopez, 33, a resident of Purok 12 and a certain Jamaloden Tago, 23, also a resident of Purok 2 in the same barangay.

Lopez was nabbed for allegedly conspiring with Traje during the entrapment operation while Tago was taken into custody for further investigation.

PDEA-Northern Mindanao regional director Gilberto B. Abanto Jr. said the operation was successfully conducted through the active participation of the community. (TDCB)