The Manila Police District’s relentless war against illegal drugs resulted in the arrest of seven individuals in separate operations on Wednesday night.
Two suspected drug users were arrested by operatives of the Sta. Cruz Police Station along Oroqueta St., near C.M. Recto Avenue, Barangay 310. The suspects were identified as Anthony Sta. Maria, 23 years old, male, jobless and a member of the Sputnik Gang and Andrea Melecio a.k.a. Ading, 39 years old, female, jobless and residing at 310 Oroquieta Sta. Cruz, Manila.
Recovered from the two were pieces heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu.
In another operation, two persons were apprehended for violation of PD 1602 or illegal gambling and Sec. 11 of RA 9165. The suspects, Salvador Navarra, 42years old, male, single, jobless, a member of the Bahala na Gang and Raymond Tayag, 18 years old, male, single, jobless, a member of Batang City Jail and residents of Tondo, Manila, were both initially arrested for playing cara y cruz, an illegal coins game.
However, subsequent body search on Navarra and Tayag yielded a small plastic sachet containing a white substance believed to be shabu.
In Jose Abad Santos Police Station, three drug personalities were arrested in an anti-drug operation conducted along a rail road track at Pilar Street in Tondo.
The police identified the suspects as Jonard Tagalog, male, 20 years old, single, jobless and resident of Andaya Street, Barangay 53, Tondo, Evangilyn Cuevas, female, 21 years old, single, jobless and resident of Barangay 33, Caloocan City and Ruben Cangmaong, male, 56 years old, street sweeper and also a resident of Caloocan.
Seized from the suspects were nine pieces of small heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance believed to be “shabu” with an estimated street value of P1,800.00 with approximate weight of 0.80 grams and two pieces one hundred peso bills (P200) used as buy-bust money.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Customs-Port of NAIA turned over on Thursday to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency an estimated P14.629 million worth of illegal drugs seized by Customs officers.