Jobless returnee nabbed in buy-bust
Jobless returnee nabbed in buy-bust

By Staff
Published 10:29 AM, October 12, 2020

Caibiran, Biliran — A construction worker who returned to this province after losing his job in Manila yielded suspected shabu during a buy-bust operation conducted by operatives of the Station Drug Enforcement Team (SDET) around 1:00 in the afternoon today, Sunday (Oct 11) in Brgy. Manlabang here.

Caibiran COP Police Lt. Ruel Sitoy identified the suspect as Joel Manahon, 33, married, construction worker and a resident of the said barangay.

Recovered from his possession was one sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu procured by an operative in the amount of P500. During body search in front of barangay officials and media, the searching policeman found a folded white paper that when opened revealed two sachets containing the same white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu estimated to worth P1000.


Further search in the body of the suspect resulted in the recovery of a P500 bearing serial number AZ842604, a marked money used in the operation.

The suspect who cried after he was arrested denied owning the recovered evidence recovered from him. He even challenged the team leader of the buy- bust operation to have his fingerprint, taken claiming it did not come from him. He added that he availed the government “Hatid tulong program” because he lost his job in Manila because of the pandemic.

The police did not react to the allegation of the suspect denying owning the recovered illegal evidence from him.

Charges of violation of RA 9165, the Comprehensive Law against Illegal Drugs of 2002 is being readied by the arresting team against the suspect who is temporarily detained at the Caibiran detention cell. –

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