DRUG DENS RAIDED | 15 arrested in Plaridel, Bulacan

April 30, 2017 - 1:46 PM
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Narcotics agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency raid a suspected drug den in Plaridel, Bulacan. PDEA-3 handout photograph

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga – Anti-narcotics agents and local police units demolished over the weekend two suspected illegal drug dens during simultaneous raids at Purok Dike, Barangay Banga 2nd, Plaridel, Bulacan, leading to the arrest of 15 persons, seven of whom are females, caught by surprise while in the act of doing drugs there.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 3 (PDEA3) director Juvenal Azurin, said some 55 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) were gathered by operatives during search at the two illegal drugs dens.

Azurin identified the suspects as Rizza R. Estrada alias TATA, 44; Ryan R. Estrada,24; Ma. Princess M. Maglaque, 25; Manuel M. Payad, 47; Nadia R. Gregorio, 27; Lily San Miguel, 55; Nonata R. Santos, 46; and Jeline A. Trinidad, 25 all residents of Purok Dike.

Others were Rose Ann L. Calingasan, 26; Lourdan Ray G. Calderon, 19; Steven Niño L. Gutierrez, male, 18; Arman F. Hernandez, 36; Ronnie C. Sanchez, 42; Edgardo B. Infante, 44; Alfred C. Serna, 31.

Armed with a search warrant issued by a local court, the raiding team led by PDEA3 operatives and Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) simultaneously barged inside two residential dwellings being used by drug gangs as “session house”.

“We received reports on rampant use and trafficking of shabu in that community,” said Azurin.

The alleged maintainers of two drug dens eluded arrest, said Azurin.

Among the items seized during the search were several small transparent plastic sachets containing shabu weighing 30 grams, a green pouch containing six small size heat-sealed sachets containing a white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu, and other drug paraphernalia.

Charges for violation of Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 were readied against the suspects, who were being kept at the PDEA detention cell in this regional police headquarters.