Suspect in P7-M drug haul charged

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

THE Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Western Visayas filed charges on Tuesday against the man who was arrested in a buy-bust operation at the parking lot of Gaisano Grand Mall on Monday.

PDEA-Western Visayas Director Paul Ledesma said Edgardo Justo alias "Rey F. Roman," 36, of Santa Cruz, Murcia, Negros Occidental, is facing charges before the City Prosecutor’s Office for violation of Sections 5 (selling) and 11 (possession) of Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Justo was arrested after he handed to a PDEA agent a plastic sachet of suspected shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) in exchange for P500.


After his apprehension, a search on his Isuzu DMax pick-up yielded a package containing slippers and shoes. Upon inspection, sachets of shabu were found inserted inside the soles. One kilo of shabu worth P7 million was seized. [READ: Cebu, Bacolod police dig shabu in heels]

Ledesma said the illegal drugs found in Justo's possession were their biggest haul in Western Visayas so far.

The shoes and slippers that contained the drugs were claimed by Justo from a courier firm's office inside the shopping mall.

Senior Superintendent Larry Decena, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office, said Tuesday that there is a possibility that the courier company has participation in the illegal activity.

He said the courier service may face charges for violation of Section 5 for conspiracy to sell or transfer illegal drugs under RA 9165. The offense is non-bailable.

But Decena said it will depend on the investigation conducted by PDEA.

He said the courier service has been used by drug distributors to transport illegal drugs across the country, but stressed the incident will serve as a warning to courier companies in the city.

Decena said the confiscated illegal drugs may not be intended for Bacolod City.

Last April 30, PDEA agents also seized more than half a kilo of shabu with an estimated market value of P3.5 million in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 11, 2014.

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