[UPDATED WITH CORRECTIONS] A BUY-BUST resulted in the arrest of an 18-year-old man who was allegedly hired to deliver the illegal drugs.
The anti-illegal drug operation was conducted by the agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA 7) on Climaco Street, Barangay Pahina Central, Cebu City past 6 p.m. Friday, June 30, 2023.
The suspect was identified as Richie Naval Olorvida, a resident of Sitio San Juan, Barangay Mambaling.
Seized from the suspect were a kilogram of substance believed to be shabu worth around P8.8 million and a cellphone used in illegal drug transactions.
PDEA 7 spokesperson Leia Alcantara said the suspect can be considered a high-value individual.
Alcantara said that after learning about Olarvida's involvement in drug delivery, they kept an eye on him for a month.
On his part, Olarvida said it was his second time delivering drugs.
He said he was paid P15,000 the first time he delivered 1/4 kilogram of shabu, but this time, he was instructed to deliver the drug in exchange for a P20,000, and he was ultimately detained.
He said the money he was due to get was supposed to buy food for his cleft lipped one-year-old son, since he has no job.
Olarvida will be facing charges in violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (BBT/TPT)
Editor's Note: The story earlier described as "Badjao" the person who instructed the suspect to deliver drugs, but we removed the term "Badjao" as the indigenous identity had nothing to do with the story. Our apologies for the oversight.