NBI OIC-Director Eric B. Distor (left) presents the suspects American Ramon Loarca and his Pinoy cohort in Wilson de Lara Apalisoc to the media following their arrest
MANILA — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) today, Monday (22 Nov 2021) announced the arrest of two (2) individuals in Teachers Village-Quezon City during an operation that resulted in the seizure of various illegal drugs.
NBI OIC-Director Eric B. Distor identified the subjects as RAMON LOARCA and WILSON DE LARA APALISOC. Loarca is an American citizen but re-acquired his Filipino citizenship while Apalisoc is a Filipino citizen.
OIC-Director Distor said that based on intelligence information received by the NBI, a house in Teachers Village was allegedly being used as a haven for drug users by its owner, a retired serviceman of the U.S. Air Force.
Distor stressed that discreet monitoring was immediately conducted by operatives of the NBI-Task Force Against Illegal Drugs (NBI-TFAID) under the Intelligence Service of the Bureau that resulted in the discovery of drug den and eventual application before the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City for the issuance of a Search Warrant on the Subject’s premises.
On November 19, 2021, operatives of the NBI-TFAID implemented the Search Warrant and swooped down on the residence in Teachers Village.
During the conduct of the search, operatives found and seized a staggering quantity of party drug Ecstasy totaling around 27,334 tablets, shabu, cocaine, kush, marijuana sticks, chemicals, laboratory equipment, and drug paraphernalia with an estimated value of P65 Million.
Also seized during the operation include a 9MM Uzi submachine gun, Remington shotgun, Glock pistol, .22 Automatic rifle, 800 pieces of ammunition for different calibers, and a high explosive munition.
Distor emphasized that the subjects are believed to be concocting an undetermined kind of dangerous drug by mixing pulverized Ecstasy with methamphetamine and cocaine to produce a new party drug for their clientele.
Subjects were presented for Inquest proceedings before the Office of the City Prosecutor of Quezon City for violation of the R.A. 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Drugs Act of 2002.
(Kiara Lauren Ibanez/BENJAMIN CUARESMA/ai/mtvn)