NCRPO Chief PMGEN DEBOLD M SINAS lauds the successful anti-illegal drug operation conducted by the personnel of the District Intelligence Division (DID) and District Drug Enforcement Unit (DDEU) of Southern Police District which led to the confiscation of more or less 35 grams of suspected marijuana with an estimated DDB Value of P4,200.00.
According to the initial report, the operation stemmed from a report of a confidential informant regarding the utilization of minors in the illegal drug trade in the area. This information prompted the personnel of the District Intelligence Division (DID) of Southern Police District to conduct intelligence information gathering and monitoring to verify the veracity of the report.
Thereafter, a buy-bust operation was plotted along Triumph, South Signal, Taguig City on Sept 10, 2020 at about 3:05 PM together with the District Drug Enforcement Unit (DDEU) in close coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
The operation resulted in the rescue of two female minors both 17 years of age, one of whom is a resident of Maharlika Village, Taguig City and the other, of Brgy Sta Ana, Patetos Metro Manila.
Seized from their possession were Eight (8) pieces of plastic sachets containing dry leaves with fruiting tops suspected to be marijuana. It was turned-over to SPD Crime Laboratory for chemical analysis and identification.
The inventory and marking of the recovered pieces of evidence were done in the place of apprehension and in the presence of the rescued minors together with Mr. Nolan Arioala of Leaders News and Brgy Kagawad Glen Robert of Brgy South Signal Taguig City as mandatory witnesses.
Both minors were turned over to Bahay Pag-asa – a Social Welfare Center in Taguig City subsequent to the filing of charges for violation of Sections 5 and 11 Article II of RA 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
“I am saddened by the fact that despite the current health crisis, still, there are those who take undue advantage of the situation and the incapacity of minors to utilize them in illegal drug trade. I commend the success of the Southern Police District in rescuing these children. May this serve as a warning to those who are still engaged in similar unlawful acts that NCRPO will not cease in its fight to free the Metro from the proliferation of illegal drugs,” said PMGEN SINAS.