Five suspects which includes a minor were seized by Batasan Police during a buy-bust operation at a residential compound in Sapang Kangkong in Barangay Old Balara, Tuesday morning.
Lt. Col. Joel Villanueva named the arrested as 22-year-old Melvin Foronda, 33-year-old Joecel Bigal, 21-year-old Shawn Ebias, and 20-year-old Kam Moreno Ligutan. However, a 17-year-old male was liberated during the buy-bust. His name was withdrawn to protect his identity, reports said.
Villanueva told reporters that a duo named Bigal and a female Accountancy student were the main targets of the operation. They supposedly conducted transactions with the undercover police and the asset inside a game room of the compound.
Police positioned themselves both inside the billiards room and the vicinity of the compound. Wearing casual clothes and posing as visiting billiard players an hour or so before the drug bust.
Bigal’s arrival marked carrying an orange-colored bag, both the decoy and the police asset made work with transacting with him through text. Bigal slowly approached the 17-year-old male suspect who apparently was having drinks with three other male suspects, namely Foronda, Ebias, and Ligutan.
Shortly after, all five suspects were nabbed. Found were 14 heat-sealed plastic transparent sachets containing suspected dried marijuana leaves amounting to P20,000, transacted marked money, and other drug equipment, including 3 glass pipes with traces of marijuana.
Altogether includes a bag with school documents and a school ID of the female drug suspect. However, police did not reveal her identity as follow up operation is underway.
Bigal pointed out that the owner of the orange bag took notice of the police officers. He said that girl already fled before the arrests took place. All four suspects will be facing charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. The juvenile offender was brought to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) office in Quezon City.