ORMOC CITY– A man was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Bato, Leyte on Monday (March 18) who was in possession of alleged shabu with a commercial value of more than P117,000.

Arrested by personnel from the local police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) was Gerry Mae Salvame,42, in a sting operation in Barangay Daanglungsod at about 8:30 pm.

Bato chief of police, Cpt. John Rey Layog said that the suspect is listed as a street-level individual in their drug watch list.

Recovered from his possession was one sachet containing white crystalline substances suspected to be shabu procured by an operative in the amount of P500.

During the conduct of a body search, a coin purse seized from Salvame contained two medium-sized sachets containing suspected shabu.

In all, 18 grams of suspected shabu valued at over P117,000 were recovered from the suspect by the operatives.

Charges for violations of sections 5 (selling illegal drugs) and 11 (possession of illegal drugs) of Art. II of RA 9165, the Comprehensive Law against Illegal Drugs of 2002, were filed by the police at the Provincial Prosecutors Office against the suspect who is temporarily detained at the locked-up cell of the Bato municipal police station.