PUERTO PRINCESA CITY – Joint operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the City Police Office-Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) here arrested Monday a 16-yr. old girl for possessing Php 100,000-worth of shabu.
The minor, whose name was withheld by authorities, was arrested in Barangay Magkakaibigan in Puerto Princesa following an operation launched by the PDEA and CPO-AIDSOTF.
Arrested also was her companion identified as Arjay Nacasi, 20, who is also a resident of Magkakaibigan.
The shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) contraband, estimated to be around 50 grams, were discovered inside five slightly large heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets hidden inside mini-speakers that were sent via courier from Metro Manila.
Initial investigation done by the joint team on Nacasi allegedly disclosed that the illegal drugs supply was just received by the teenage girl from the main branch of the LBC along Roxas Street on Monday afternoon.
The grams of shabu was reportedly sent to the teenage girl by her elder sister, who lives in Metro Manila.
The joint team of anti-illegal drugs operatives said Nacasi has been on their watch list for a long time, and they have been staking out his activities.
The teenage girl also lives in Metro Manila, but went to Puerto Princesa because she is Nacasi’s friend. She also has a live-in partner, who was able to escape the anti-illegal drugs operation.
A source from the PDEA said that on Monday, during the joint team’s stake out of Nacasi, operatives saw him and the minor going to the said LBC branch to receive the package.
When they came out, the joint team immediately approached and invited them to the barangay hall of Magkakaibigan. Operatives found the package to contain the suspected shabu.
The PDEA insider said Nacasi admitted to being a shabu user and seller, and told them the name of his shabu supplier.
The suspect claimed they engaged in such business because life was hard for them.
The minor has been turned over to the case of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) while Nacasi will be sued for violation of Section 11 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002. Archie Barone/ PNA/ northboundasia.com