PDEA arrests 5 suspects in Malaybalay drug buy-bust

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News Dispatch/04 September) Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency operatives arrested a suspected drug vendor and four others in a buy-bust operation before midnight of September 2 in an inn in Casisang, Malaybalay City, Roberto S. Opeña, PDEA 10 regional director, reported.

PDEA agents arrested a man identified to be Felipe N. Butal Jr. in Opeña’s report to Usec. Jose S. Gutierrez, PDEA director-general. His report was quoted in a press release sent to the media Sunday.

Agents found in Butal’s possession a piece of regular size transparent plastic sachet containing substance believed to be shabu. He sold it to a PDEA undercover agent, the PDEA said in the press release.

Butal, the PDEA reported, also carried a piece each of small, medium and large size heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets with white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu. Also arrested with Butal during the operation, the PDEA added, were suspects Emilio M. Gempisao, Nelson C. Ernabe Jr, and Eugene S. Flores. PDEA operatives found a small size heat-sealed plastic sachet containing suspected shabu in Gempisao’s wallet, Opeña said in his report.

The confiscated substances were scheduled to be examined at the Bukidnon crime laboratory. The PDEA report said the suspects were detained at the Malaybalay City Police Office Detention Cell.

The PDEA press release said they are filing charges against the suspects for violation against Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act. (Bukidnon News Dispatch)

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