By Staff
Published 10:26 AM, December 21, 2020

Naval, Biliran— A drug surrenderee from Saint Bernard Southern Leyte is the latest apprehension of PDEA Biliran Province Field Unit, the Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU) of Biliran Provincial Police Office and the Station Drug Enforcement Team (SDET) about 3: 30 in the afternoon on Sunday (Dec 20) in Sitio Basak, Brgy Atipolo here.

Naval COP Police Major Michael John Astorga, identified the suspect as Ernesto Florendo, 36, with live-in partner, jobless a resident of Saint Bernard Southern Leyte and temporary residing in the Brgy. Antipolo.

Recovered from his possession was a sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu procured by an operative in the amount of P1000. During body search in front of Hon Necitas B. Casado, National Prosecutors Services representative Leonard Javinez and Media Representative Anthony Marlon Mecaral the searching cop recovered two more sachets containing the same white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu which was placed inside a folded paper estimated to worth P2000. The searching cop likewise recovered one piece P1000 bill bearing serial number XP596600 which is marked money used for the operation along with one plastic lighter, and P35.00 cash pesos in different denominations.

The suspect denied owning the illegal evidences recovered from him saying he came here to live peacefully after having a very complicated life in Southern Leyte.

But the police and PDEA said that information they both gathered from their informants pointed to the suspect as a newly identified drug peddler in the community prompting them to act and arrest the suspect which turned out positive.

Charges of violation of RA 9165, the Comprehensive Law against Illegal Drugs in 2002 are being readied by the arresting authorities against the suspect who is temporarily detained at the Naval Municipal Police Station. –

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