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PRESS RELEASE NO. 155/17

DATE: MARCH 17, 2017

Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) arrested a pusher during an entrapment operation in Surigao City, Surigao Del Norte on March 12, 2017.

PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña identified the suspect as Rowaina Karim y Amerel alias Rowai, 28 years old, member of Karim Drug Group, businesswoman and resident of Purok Kalubihan, Pajac, Lapu-Lapu City (Opon), Cebu. The Karim Drug Group operates in Surigao City and some parts of Caraga Region.

At around 4:30 in the morning, agents of PDEA Regional Office 13 (PDEA RO13) under the direct supervision of Regional Director Gilbert Buenafe conducted a buy-bust operation against Karim suspect in KM. 6, Luna, Surigao City, Surigao Del Norte. Confiscated from her were two transparent plastic sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, commonly known as shabu, weighing more or less 10 grams, worth Php118,000, and the money used during the operation.

A case 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, are being prepared for filing in court against Karim.

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