Persistent intelligence build up ensuing to a buy bust operations by the joint operatives of the NCRPO Regional Drug Enforcement Unit and Regional Special Operations Unit in coordination with the Station’s Drug Enforcement Unit of Las Piñas City Police Station and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Regional Office-NCR led to the arrest of a drug suspect at about 5:30 PM of June 21, 2019 at Manila Doctors Village Road, Brgy. Almanza Uno, Las Piñas City.
The arrested suspect was identified as Elmer Lat y Lasotas, 42 years old, married, Bartender and presently residing at 26 Pil Homes, Cadena de Amor St., Pasay City.
The operation stemmed from the information reports from a confidential informant stating that suspect often introduces himself as a member of the DILG and uses his firearm to conceal his illegal drug activities.
The said suspect was caught in the act of selling one (1) plastic sachet of shabu in exchange with one (1) genuine 1000-peso bill marked money incorporated into eight pieces of 1000-peso bill boodle money to an undercover agent.
Accordingly, incidental to this lawful act was the confiscation of another seven (7) pieces small heat sealed transparent plastic sachet of shabu with a total of more or less ten (10) grams of shabu having a street value of Php68,000.00, assorted drug paraphernalia, a motorcycle, a handgun with inserted magazine loaded with live ammunitions, five (5) pieces of unsealed plastic sachets with suspected shabu residue, a black jacket with DILG Logo and a PNP Bullring with PSBRC Batch 2002 logo.
The arrested suspect and the seized pieces of evidence were brought to the PNP Crime Laboratory Office for drug test, ballistic and laboratory examination.
Subsequently, criminal complaints for violation of Section 5, 11 and 12, Article II of RA 9165, Violation of RA 10591 and Usurpation of Authority (Art 177 and 179 of RPC)are being prepared for filing in the proper court against Lat.
“The war on drugs has consistently gained ground against drug personalities, drug lords and even their coddlers. This another arrest certainly takes part to the amassed successful anti-drug operations of the National Capital Region Police Office,” the NCRPO Director, PMGEN GUILLERMO LORENZO ELEAZAR said in pursuit of the relentless operations against illegal drugs.