Alleged drug pusher, user nabbed inside fastfood chain
MANILA – A suspected drug pusher was arrested by police authorities in a buy-bust operation in Naga City on Maundy Thursday.
Authorities said the suspect, Airah Arobento, was nabbed inside a fastfood chain along Panganiban Drive.
According to PO2 Marie Eleanor Seman of the Naga City police office, drug pushers usually take advantage of holidays to conduct their illegal operations.
"Usually mga ganitong okasyon, sinasamantala talaga ng mga may masamang gawain para makapagbenta ng ilegal na droga," she said.
Arobento, however, denied the allegations and insisted that she was a victim of a set-up.
"Sinet-up nila ako, Pinagkaisahan nila ako. May nag-ano sa akin, sabi ibigay mo ito... 'yun pala [huhulihin ako]," she said.
Authorities recovered a small packet of suspected shabu worth P300,000, a digital weighing scale and a total of P1,000 marked money from Arobento.
Meanwhile, a man, identified as Rolando Bontia, was allegedly caught by authorities using drugs inside the comfort room of the same fastfood chain while the other suspect was being investigated.
PO1 Aladin Florante of the Naga City police office said a customer alerted them of the presence of Bontia who had been suspiciously taking his time inside the fastfood chain's comfort room.
When they busted inside the CR, the cops allegedly caught Bontia using drugs.
Aside from drug paraphernalia seen on the toilet's tank, authorities also recovered a tooter in Bontia's pocket.
"May nakapagsabi na meron po ditong isang occupant sa CR na matagal nang `di lumalabas, kaya na-obliga ang SOG natin na pasukin `yung CR. Pagpasok sa loob kasama ng employee, du'n na nila naaktuhan na nandun na `yung mga paraphernalia," Florante said.
Bontia, meanwhile, denied he was using illegal drugs and insisted he just found all the drug paraphernalia inside the CR.
"Nakita ko po na nakapatong na doon. Pagtapon ko nga ng tissue, nalalaglag pa nga, dinampot ko pa nga e," he said.
Florante said Bontia is a driver hired by a certain family from Manila for their Albay vacation. Because Bontia was arrested, the family vacation plans were spoiled.—report from Gerard Lorbes, ABS-CBN News Naga City