ORMOC CITY-A newly identified drug peddler was apprehended by the local police during a buy-bust operation conducted by the Station Drug Enforcement Team (SDET) of the local police of Inopacan, Leyte.

Inopacan chief of police, Major Ian Po identified the suspect as Ondo Decatoria, 51, and a resident of Barangay Guadalupe.

Recovered from the possession of the suspect during the sting operation on May 24 at around 6:30 pm was one sachet containing a white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu procured by an operative in the amount of P500.

During the conduct of a body search done in the presence of an elected official and a representative from the local media, the searching cop recovered one more sachet containing the same white crystalline substance still suspected to be shabu with an estimated weight of .05 gram with an estimated street value of P2,000.

Charges of violations of sections 5 (selling illegal drugs) & 11 (possession of illegal drugs) of Article II of RA 9165 the Comprehensive Law against Illegal Drugs of 2002 were filed by the arresting police against the suspect who is temporarily detained at the locked-up cell of Inopacan municipal police station.