Philippine National Police

National Capital Region Police Office

PBGEN DEBOLD M SINAS

Ermita Police Nets Notorious Bahala Na Gang And Sputnik Members; More Than 40k Worth Of Shabu, Seized

The National Capital Region Police Office Chief PMGEN DEBOLD M SINAS lauds the successful anti-illegal drugs operation of the elements of Ermita Police Station, Manila Police District which resulted to the arrest of two members of BAHALA NA Gang and one member of SPUTNIK Gang and seizure of more than 40k worth of illegal drugs.

The operation stemmed from a series of surveillance, monitoring and intelligence information gathering until the conduct of a buy bust operation was plotted to be undertaken along Pres. Quirino Avenue near Corner Pres. Osmeña Highway Malate, Manila at around 1:15 AM of June 23, 2020.

According to the initial investigation, during the conduct of the buy bust operation, operatives of the Station Drug Enforcement Team proceeded to the place of transaction where the suspects willfully, unlawfully and feloniously offered to sell and actually sold one (1) piece of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu to the police poseur buyer.

Consequently upon consummation of the said drug buy bust operation, the police officer poseur buyer then signalled for the arrest of the suspects.

They were later identified to be the following persons to wit:

SUSPECT 1- ROBERTO YABUT y MARMOL aka KUYA, male, 20 years old, single, jobless a dreaded member of BAHALA NA GANG and presently residing at 1921 F. Munoz, Malate, Manila

SUSPECT 2- RAYMART YABUT y MARMOL, male, 19 years old, single, jobless, a dreaded member of BAHALA NA GANG and presently residing at 1308 F. Munoz, Malate, Manila

SUSPECT 3- ROMEO DELA CRUZ Y SUNGA male, 31 years old, single jobless a dreaded member of SPUTNIK and presently residing at 1237 Pres. Quirino Ave. Malate, Manila

Recovered from their actual possession and control were the following pieces of evidence thus:

a. Four (4) pieces heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet each containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu marked as JCS 06-23-2020 with signature, JCS1 06-23-2020 with signature, JCS2A 06-23-2020 with signature, JCS2B 06-23- 2020 with signature;

b. One (1) color black coin purse marked as JCS2 06-23-2020 with signature; and

c. One (1) piece five hundred peso bill Php500.00 utilized as marked buy-bust money, bearing serial number FF055788 with marking SDET.

The confiscated pieces of drug evidence has a combined estimated weight of more or less 6 grams and has a standard street value of Php 40,800.00.

The inventory of confiscated pieces of evidence were made at the place of arrest and in the presence of the arrested suspects and witnessed by Ernie Buan, Media Representative (GILAS EXPRESS) and Barangay Kagawad Fransisco Dagandara of Brgy. 660- A Zone 71, District V, Manila.

Further investigation revealed that the suspects were members of the notorious Bahala na Gang Syndicate and Sputnik – a street gang turned big time lawless elements in the country engaged in illegal drug trades, weapon trafficking and other illegal activities.

The seized pieces of drug evidence were turned over to MPD-CLO for forensic chemical laboratory examination while the arrested suspects were subjected for drug testing examination before they were presented before the Office of the City Prosecutor for Inquest Proceedings.

They will be facing charges for violation of Section 5 (Selling, Distribution and Transportation of Dangerous Drug), Section 11 (Illegal Possession of Dangerous Drug) and Section 26 (b) in relation to Section 5 Article ii of RA 9165 otherwise known as Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.

“I commend the successful anti-drug operation of the Ermita Police Station, Manila Police District which led to the arrest of this notorious gang members and confiscation of more than 40k worth of illegal drugs. This proves that our commitment to the people of the Metro to keep them safe from all forms of criminality and illegal drugs persists despite the hurdles that we are facing amid the COVID 19 pandemic,” said PMGEN SINAS.