TACLOBAN

Carpenter, laborer busted for drugs

A CARPENTER and a laborer were busted for alleged drug selling in two separate anti-drug operations in Eastern Visayas last week.

In a joint operation by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Philippine National Police, authorities arrested Michael Picardial, 31, drug laborer and former drug surrenderee from Barangay 107, Sta. Elena, New Hope Village, in Tacloban City on February 19.

Confiscated from the suspect were two pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected to be “shabu” weighing 2.0 grams with an estimated market value of P13, 600.

In Maasin City, operatives also caught Glenn Batistil, 41, married, and a carpenter from Barangay Combado on February 18.

During the buy-bust operation, police recovered 13 pieces of alleged “shabu” weighing 1.5 grams with an estimated value of P10, 200 and drug paraphernalia, PDEA in the region said.

The suspects are facing charges for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), and Section 12 (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia) under Article II of Republic Act 9165. (SunStar Philippines)


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