By Tracy Cabrera
QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA — A woman from Caloocan City and two of her companions were arrested by operatives of the Quezon City Police District’s Drug Enforcement Unit (QCPD-DEU) in a buy-bust operation and yielded more than P400,000 worth of illegal drugs.
District Drug Enforcement Unit (DDEU) chief Lieutenant Colonel Renato Castillo identified the drug trio as Arlene Buenaventura, alias Cathy, 42; Sergio Clemente, 21, of Retiro, La Loma; and Robert Bryan Pascua, 22, of Sampaloc, Manila, who were arrested in the evening of February 14, 2021, at a secluded spot on Iba St. in Barangay San Isidro Labrador.
The successful buy-bust operation was conducted by the QCPD-DEU with the able assistance of the District Intelligence Division chief Colonel Joel Villanueva.
Based on the initial report of the police, a confidential informant tipped the DDEU regarding the illegal drug peddling activities of the suspects which prompted them to set up a buy-bust operation.
After a surveillance were conducted that confirmed the suspects’ activities and whereabouts, an undercover cop posed as a buyer and was able to convince Buenaventura to sell to him about P13,500 worth of shabu.
At a given signal and on receiving the illegal drug, police operatives immediately announced the suspects’ arrest.
Seized from the trio were more than 65 grams of shabu valued at PhP442,000, the buy-bust money used in the operation, a cellular phone, a Mitsubishi Expander car with plate No. NDP 8559, a Yamaha Mio motorcycle with plate No. AA 25216 and another Keeway SIP125 with MV File No. 1801-0006971.
Meanwhile, just a few hours after the arrest of Buenaventura and her two cohorts, another buy-bust operation successfully apprehended drug suspect Roberto Jose Albuena, 21, in front of his residence at No. 3 Aklan Street in Bgy. Batasan Hills.
Seized from Albuena were five grams of shabu valued at P34,000 and 50 grams of dried marijuana leaves valued at P6,000.
QCPD chief Brigadier General Danilo Macerin commended and applauded his personnel for their relentless efforts in the government’s campaign against illegal drugs which has again resulted in the arrest of more drug suspects.
“Muli ko pong hinihikayat ang publiko na patuloy na suportahan at makipagtulungan sa atin upang maging matagumpay ang patuloy nating kampanya laban sa iligal na droga. Huwag po kayong magdalawang-isip na magsumbong kapag may alam o nakita kayong gumagamit o nagbebenta ng iligal na droga sa inyong lugar. Ang inyong kooperasyon ay magiging daan upang maging drug-free ang QC,” Macerin called on the citizenry to stress the need for cooperative and collaborative efforts of the police and local communities. (AI/MTVN)