Teen drug runner rescued; mother, 2 others arrested

A 13-YEAR-OLD boy who allegedly served as a “runner” of his drug-dealing mother was rescued by operatives of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit of Minalin town police in their residence in Barangay San Isidro.

The teenager was identified as alias John. His mother, name withheld to protect the minor, was the subject of the illegal drugs operations.

She was arrested along with two other drug personalities identified as Jayson Navarro, 37, and Albert Navarro, 32.

“We learned that the boy is the courier of the illegal drugs being sold by his mother,” Chief Inspector Pearl Joy Gollayan, Minalin Police chief, said.

John, who is protected by the Juvenile Justice and Welfare being a minor, was turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Gollayan said.

Jayson and Albert were allegedly caught in the act of buying two small sachets of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) from the mother during the buy-bust operation.

Aside from the two sachets of shabu, police were also able to recover 38 medium packs of shabu with an estimated value of P14,100 inside the woman’s residence, while three smalls sachets of shabu were discovered from the actual possession and control of Jayson and Albert.

Gollayan said the mother, who is detained at the Minalin police station, faces charges for violation of Sections 5 and 11 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, while her two customers face charges of buying and using illegal drugs.
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