Family ‘business’ puts 3 behind bars

Three family members were arrested in Pasay City on Sunday after police responded to a tip about their alleged illegal drug activities.

The suspects were identified as Roderick Samonte, 50, a construction worker; his wife, Mercedita, 50, a water refilling station crew member; and their son, Kyster Kurt, 23. Their other son, Kevin Carl, 23, was able to elude arrest.

The Southern Police District said the suspects were arrested inside their house in Maricaban, Pasay City.

P/Col. Froilan Uy, Pasay City police chief, said that a duty desk officer of the Maricaban police Sub-Station received a complaint from a concerned citizen regarding the alleged illegal activities of Kevin Carl.

He said members of the Maricaban police Sub-Station were immediately dispatched to respond to the complaint.

Upon their arrival at the reported location, police claimed that they saw Kevin Carl busily examining the contents of two plastic sachets containing suspected shabu.

Kevin Carl, upon seeing the policemen, threw a black pouch containing another 10 sachets of shabu and ran inside their house.

Uy said the three arrested suspects reportedly prevented the police officers from arresting Kevin Carl, enabling him to escape.

During the procedural check, the police found in the possession of Roderick four plastic sachets of shabu, 12 from Kyster Kurt, and two from Mercedita.

Police confiscated a total of 26.5 grams of shabu worth P180,200 and the black pouch.

The suspects were brought to the Maricaban police
Sub-Station and later turned over to Station Drug Enforcement Unit where they were detained.

Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) and Presidential Decree 1829 (obstruction of justice) will be filed against the suspects.

Colonel Uy encouraged the public to report any illegal drug activities to the police.

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