Nabbed top drug dealer tested negative on illegal drugs use

THE alleged top drug dealer in the city who was arrested by authorities last August 15, tested negative in the drug test conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Northern Mindanao Region, an official of the drug agency said.

Rosemarie Bajao, information officer of PDEA, explained that this is not new since others are committed into “selling” not “using.”

"They are making illegal drugs into a business, mura lugar gihapon sila ug mga negosyante. They are experts kung unsa ang epekto sa drugs sa ila, so dili gyud na sila ga-gamit, ga-baligya lang sila," Bajao said.

Mark Anthony Roa was nabbed by police and PDEA agents at Yacapin-Burgos streets in this city and seized from him was suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” worth P700,000.

Roa, who is currently detained at PDEA jail, waived his right for a preliminary investigation to submit his counter-affidavit.

'Illegal drugs personalities' categories'

Meanwhile, Bajao said they are categorizing illegal drug personalities in the region to determine their rank in the “illegal drugs industry.”

Categories involve persons in the “watchlist,” “target list,” and persons under “high-value target.”

"Ang watchlist meaning, amo na siyang gina-monitor and under surveillance since present ang iya pangalan sa different government agencies kalabot sa anti-illegal drugs campaign like the police," she said.

If one belongs to the “watchlist,” he will be upgraded to the “target list” if authorities find out that those under the watchlist have existing drug dens and are already drug lords.

"If they belong to the target list, they are priority for capture," she said.

“High-value target” refers to government officials dealing with illegal drugs.

"Regardless kung barangay kapitan or opisyal as long as you are holding a government position and you are dealing illegal drugs, you are ‘high-value target’," Bajao added.

She said that a person might be considered as “top drug dealer” depending on how frequent his name is recorded or reported on police stations and the value of the illegal drugs that dealer is selling.

Bajao said PDEA in Northern Mindanao is strongly campaigning against “users” to suppress pushers from selling drugs.

"Ang market man gud naa sa sa users, kung naay users, padayon pud naa ang pushers ana," Bajao said.

"Walay gapamaligya kung walay mamalit," she added.

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