TACLOBAN CITY- Anti-Drug elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-8)-Leyte Provincial Office and Baybay City police station arrested drug personalities during the conduct of a buy-bust operation at Barangay Guadalupe, Baybay City on July 18, 2018 at around 10:15 pm.
In a report submitted to PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino, elements of PDEA RO8- Leyte Provincial Office under Director Edgar T. Jubay, and Baybay City PS identified the suspects as Jomar Jose Polo, 22, single, fisherman, resident of Brgy. Himoaw, Hilongos Leyte; John Paul Navales, 24, single, businessman, resident of Brgy. Santa Cruz, Hilongos; Jester James Lora, 22, single, jobless, resident of Brgy. Campina, Hilongos; Epheren Son Flores, 30, single, waiter, resident of Brgy. Santa Cruz, Baybay City; Edison Flores, 31, single, singer, resident of Brgy. Santa Cruz, Baybay City; Doni Francis Pascua, Sangguniang Kabataan chairman, 21,single, resident of Poblacion Inopacan, Leyte.
One John Zarate managed to elude the arrest.
Purchased and confiscated during the said operation were five pieces heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu weighing more or less 3 grams with an estimated market value of P24,400 and various drug paraphernalia.
Polo will be facing charges for violations of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 12 (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia), Article II of RA 9165, while the rest will be facing charges for violations of Section 7 (Employees/Visitors of Drug Den) and Section 12.
The suspects are now temporarily detained at PDEA RO8 detention facility. (PR)