Philippine National Police

National Capital Region Police Office


Top Drug Personality Arrested By Manila’s Finest

NCRPO Chief PMGEN DEBOLD M SINAS lauds the successful Synchronized Enhanced Managing of Police Operations (SEMPO) conducted by the operatives of Meisic Police Station (PS-11), MPD which led to the arrest of their Top 8 Drug Watch Listed person along Muelle Del Banco Nacional Street corner William Burke Street, Brgy. 291, Sta. Cruz, Manila at around 10:00 PM of July 17, 2020.

According to the initial report, the operation stemmed from intelligence information gathered following a series of monitoring and surveillance regarding the illegal drug activities of one alias “AYI” and his cohorts. This prompted the police officers to conduct Synchronized Enhanced Managing of Police Operations (SEMPO) and buy-bust operation against the suspect.

Arrested during the operation was one JOEL CATOTO y MOLINES @ “AYI”, 38 years old, Single, Member of SPUTNIK Gang and a Street Dweller along F. Torres Street, Brgy. 304, Sta. Cruz, Manila.

Recovered from him were the following pieces of evidence thus:

–           One (1) piece Five Hundred Peso Bill (500.00), utilized as Buy-bust money, bearing serial numbers AB145841 with marking PS11, placed below the lower left serial numbers for identification;

–           One (1) Coin Purse; and

–           Fourteen (14) pieces of small heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu, with an estimated weight of more or less 5 grams and a Dangerous Drug Board (DDB) street value worth Php 34,000.00.

The physical markings and inventory of seized pieces of evidence was conducted in the place of apprehension in the presence of the suspect and mandatory witnesses in the person of Kagawad Francisco Dagandara of Barangay 660-A Zone 71, District V, Ermita, Manila and Media Representative and Danny Garendola of Smart Journal.

The suspect is presently detained under the custody of Meisic Police Station prior to the filing of charges for Violation of Section 5 (Selling of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 11 (Illegal Possession of Dangerous Drugs) Article II of RA 9165 otherwise known as “An Act Instituting the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002”.

“I commend the successful operation conducted by the personnel of Meisic Police Station which led to the arrest of this drug personality and seizure of Php 34,000.00 worth of illegal drugs. This further reflected our commitment to intensify our fight against illegal drugs for the people of Metro Manila,” said PMGEN SINAS.