MANILA, Philippines - A notorious female drug pusher in the Cordillera Region and her cohort were arrested by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and provincial police on Tuesday.
The two were arrested after selling methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, to a poseur-buyer at around 8:55 p.m. , March 26 in Baguio City. They were found with two grams of shabu and various drug paraphernalia.
In a statement, PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. identified the suspects as Mary Jane Espiritu, 27 years old, a businesswoman and resident of No. 16A Rimando Road, Baguio City; and Orlando Cortez, 28, of Lower Rock Quarry, Baguio City.
PDEA said Espiritu is the number 6 priority target of the agency in the region.
Espiritu and Cortez are facing charges for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs) in relation to Section 26 (Attempt or Conspiracy) and Section 12 (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia) Article II, of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.