3 nabbed for alcohol hoarding, face mask overpricing

Photo by RACU-Davao

AFTER receiving reports of hoarding and overpriced essential medical items, the Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit (Racu) Davao, together with other law enforcers, arrested three individuals in a joint entrapment operation Monday evening, March 30.

Based on a report provided by Racu Davao chief Police Colonel Noel Espinoza, around 7:40 p.m. of March 30, three persons were handcuffed for violating Republic Act (RA) 10623 as amended by RA 7581 in relation to Department of Health (DOH) Memo 2020-0131 and RA 11469 known as Bayanihan Act all in relation to section 6 of RA 10175.

The suspects were identified as Benjamin Trinidad Paye, 40, married, a resident of Seaside 2, Barangay Del Carmen, Martina, Davao City; Cindy Sumalon Raganit, 33, female, married, a resident of Aurora Street, Barangay 36-D, Davao City; and Aida Delos Santos Alentiojo, 32 years old, female, married, a resident of Aurora Street, Barangay 36-D, Davao City.

The suspects were arrested along Aurora Street, Barangay 36-D, Davao City after an operative of Racu Davao posed as a buyer of 30 gallons of 4000 mL 70% Solution Ethyl Alcohol amounting to P720 each and 50 pieces of face mask worth P260 each, with a total amount of P34,600 in exchange of the prepared buy-bust money.

Also confiscated from their possession is a unit of Multicab bearing plate number MEF 655 with ignition key loaded with 78 gallons of 4000 mL 70% Solution Ethyl Alcohol and one unit of Vivo Cellphone color black.

The purchased, recovered and confiscated galloons of alcohol and face masks have an estimated market value of P90,760.

The suspects are currently in the custody of Sta. Ana Police Station for filing a complaint.

Authorities reiterated their warning to the public who will take advantage of the current crisis that they will be facing charges if evidence warrants.


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