THREE known ‘high-value targets(HVTs)’ in Calabarzon region were arrested by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) after they conspire to sell 500 grams of shabu worth P3.4 million to an undercover officer at the parking lot of SM Dasmariñas City, Cavite on Monday, PDEA chair, Director General Wilkins M. Villanueva said.
Arrested during the sting at the SM parking lot around 3 p.m. Mondaywere Jean Llanes, 36, jobless, resident of Barangay San Lorenzo, Dasmariñas City; Devielyn Gammad,32, of Bgy. Datu Esmael in the same municipality and Ma. Lourdes Enriquez,28, a resident of 2401 Nickel Street in Bgy. San Andres Bukid, Manila.
Villanueva said recovered from the possession of the suspects were half-a-kilo of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine,’ the buy-bust money topped by a marked P1,000 bill and a mobile phone they used in making contact with the poseur.
Last Saturday, members of the same PDEA unit also arrested Ariel Latorre, a 21-year old resident of 1840 Tramo Street in Bgy. 46, Pasay City during an entrapment operation which resulted in the recovery of the same amount of shabu worth P3.4 million.
The suspect was arrested during the sting at no. 2140 Taylo St. corner Taft Avene in Bgy. 55, Zone 7, Pasay City about 2:45 p.m. Saturday.
All four suspects are now facing non-bailable charges for sale and possession of prohibited drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, said Villanueva.
“We are also conducting follow-up operations to identify and arrest the main source of the drugs recovered from the suspects,” he added.