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PRESS RELEASE NO. 130/17

DATE: MARCH 07, 2017

Two listed drug personalities were arrested by combined elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) during a buy-bust operation in Tacloban City on March 3, 2017.

PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña identified the suspects as Hajji Marc Astilla y Price, 34 years old, jobless, of Brgy. 53, Tacloban City; and Michael Glino y Garcia, alias Kabog, 36, construction worker, of Brgy. 95-A, Caibaan, Tacloban City.

At around 12:45 in the morning, elements of PDEA Regional Office 8 (PDEA RO8) under Director Edgar T. Jubay arrested Astilla and Glino after they agreed to sell four pieces of transparent plastic sachet containing suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, with an estimated street value of P3,500, to a poseur-buyer in their own neighborhood in Real Street, Tacloban City.

Also confiscated were various drug paraphernalia and the marked money used during the operation.

Astilla and Glino will be charged for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), and Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. The suspects are presently detained at the PDEA RO8 detention facility.

On the same day, at around 1:15 in the afternoon, operatives of PDEA Regional Office 11 (PDEA RO11) under Director Adzhar A. Albani conducted a buy-bust operation along Jumao-as Street, Brgy. Zone 1, Digos City, Davao del Sur which resulted in the arrest of Maylen Rañises, alias Trixia, 27, single, waitress and a resident of Jumao-as Street, Brgy. Zone 1, Digos City.

Rañises was arrested by anti-narcotics operatives of PDEA RO11 after she agreed to sell one piece of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet conatining suspected shabu to a PDEA posuer-buyer. Another two pieces of transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu and the buy-bust money used during the operation were confiscated from Rañises.

At around 1:50 in the afternoon, the same law enforcement unit conducted a buy-bust operation against Angel Alcala in Purok Lapu-Lapu, Brgy. Zone III, Digos City that led to his arrest.  

Confiscated from Alcala were one piece of heat-sealed transparent plastic of suspected shabu and the buy-bust money.

Rañises and Alcala will be charged for violation of Sections 5 and 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of RA 9165.  

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