3 arrested, P.5 million worth of shabu seized in Baguio

BAGUIO CITY – Three drug personalities were arrested  in a sting operation by anti-narcotics agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Cordillera together with the Baguio City Police Office Drug Enforcement Unit and BCPO Station 9 at Purok 7, Asin Road, Irisan, Baguio City yesterday afternoon.

Brian Leonille Valdes Dris, alias Tisoy/Junel, 30 years old, online seller/ESL teacher, and a resident of Asin Road, Baguio City was collared together with Aaron Paul de Guzman Vergara 26 years old, alias Nikko, resident of BGH Compound, Baguio City and a 23-year old woman who is a resident of Asin Road, Baguio City.

They were cuffed when Dris sold a heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing suspected shabu to an undercover agent in his rented apartment.  Upon his arrest, the drug enforcers chanced upon Vergara and the woman having a pot session.

Seized from the suspects during the operation, aside from the dangerous drug sold by Dris, were two more heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, a heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing suspected dried marijuana leaves, several drug paraphernalia and the buy-bust money.

The confiscated shabu weighing more or less 105 grams is the biggest haul for this year in Baguio City.  With their arrest, the drug enforcers were able to negate Php 525,000.00 worth of shabu that could have been distributed in the city.

It could also be recalled that Vergara, who is out on bail, has a pending case for violation of Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) of Republic Act Number 9165, otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.”

The suspects, who are temporarily detained at the PDEA-CAR detention facility, will be facing cases for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Section 11, Section 12 (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia) and Section 15 (Use of Dangerous Drugs) of R.A. 9165.

By Dexter A. See

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