By Tracy Cabrera
QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA — The arrest of four drug suspects in separated buy-bust operations by operatives of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) has resulted in the seizure of more than P88 thousand worth of shabu that would otherwise have been sold on the streets of Metro Manila.
QCPD chief Brigadier General Danilo Macerin identified the suspects in the first buy-bust operation as Michael Fuster, 43, of No. 406 Buagan St., Barangay San Jose, and Gregorio Rivas Jr., 40, of No. 590 Tagaytay St. Bgy. 128, both in Quezon City.
Initial reports show that a confidential informant reported to the QCPD’s Masambong Police Station (PS 2) about the illegal drug activities of the two suspects.
A joint buy-bust operation was immediately organized at about 6 p.m. of March 28, in a secluded spot fronting House No. 406 Buagan St. in Bgy. San Jose by station drug enforcement units (SDEUs) of PS 2 under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Ritchie Claravall and the La Loma Police Station (PS 1) under Lt. Col. Florian Reynado.
An undercover cop who acted as poseur buyer was able to buy shabu from the suspects and at the given pre-arranged signal, they were quickly arrested. Aside from the buy-bust money, seized from Fuster and Rivas were eight grams of shabu valued at PhP54,400.00.
Meanwhile, in the second buy-bust operation conducted by operatives of the Holy Spirit Police Station (PS 14) under the leadership of Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bilaro, suspected drug peddlers Erick Yubia, 44, of No. 64 Kaligtasan St., Bgy. Holy Spirit, and Arnel Yanoc, 37, of No. 102 Corigedor St., also in Bgy. Holy Spirit, were nabbed at around 3:40 in the afternoon of the same date, near the former residence.
Confiscated from Yubia and Yanoc were five grams of shabu valued at P34,000.00.
All of the suspects are now detained in the city’s detention center pending charges to be filed against for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Macerin commended his men and officers for their relentless illegal drug operations that led to the arrest of the suspects and the confiscation of the pieces of evidence.
“Mahigpit pa rin ang ating kampanya laban sa iligal na droga kung kaya’t hinihingi ko ang patuloy na suporta ng ating mga mamamayan dito sa QC upang masugpo natin ang salot na ito,” the QCPD chief urged city residents. (AI/MTVN)