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A truck driver was arrested during an illegal drugs buy-bust operation led by Police City Drug Enforcement Unit and City Anti-Crime Task Force at Purok El Rancho, Barangay Sta. Monica, 11:25 this morning.
The suspect was identified as Ronnie Cervantes, 47 years old and a resident of McKinley, Barangay Sta. Monica.
Seized from his possession was one (1) plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance believed as shabu weighing 0.02 grams and a total of Php 700 that served as marked money.
City Police Station 2 Commander Police Captain Alevic Rentino said in an interview with PDN that the suspect was under police surveillance prior to his arrest.
“Kagabi pa itong operation namin at kanina lang nag-prosper. Before lunch, nag-text ang alpha natin na nasa area na ito at pagka-receive n’ya ng epektus ay agad natin isinagawa ang pag-aresto sa kanya,” Rentino said in an interview.
Another two (2) plastic sachets containing “shabu” were also confiscated from Cervantes during a body search. These weighed 0.02 grams and 0.03 grams.
Meanwhile, in a follow up operation, police officers also apprehended a certain Reynaldo Jamito a.k.a. “Ryan”, 41 years old, tricycle driver and a resident of Sampaloc Road, Barangay San Jose.
He was arrested at Sampalok Road also in Barangay Sta. Monica just few minutes after the authorities got Cervantes.
Jamito is said to be the source of drugs being sold by Cervantes to his clients.
“Agad kami nag-follow up kanina at may sinasabi s’yang source kaya nilakad namin at nahuli rin agad kanina malapit lang kung saan namin nakuha si Cervantes. Magkalapit lang sila kaya ang ano namin ditto, kakakuha lang ng epektus ni Cervantes doon sa supplier n’ya na si Jamito,” Rentino added.
According to police records, Jamito is under watch list for selling and using drugs and was freed after posting bail from the court.
Rentino said that both suspects are now in their custody pending the filing of the case against them for violation of Article II Section 5 of Republict Act 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.