3 nabbed in All Saints' Day anti-drug ops in South Cotabato

Francis Canlas, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 02 2016 11:30 PM

Photo courtesy of Surallah police

SOUTH COTABATO - Three suspected drug users and pushers spent All Saints' Day locked up inside a cell in the Surallah police station, in South Cotabato after they were arrested in a buy-bust operation.

According to police Chief Inspector Joel Fuerte, they launched the operation after they received a tip from a concerned citizen that one of the suspects, Robert Tupas, was spotted selling illegal drugs in Zone 5, Barangay Libertad.

Authorities recovered five sachets of suspected shabu, drug paraphernalia, and P300 marked money.

They also apprehended Ariel Paniza and John Anthony Villafuerte after they were caught in the act of using suspected shabu.

“Yung bahay ni Tupas ginagamit na parang drug den na rin dahil nagpapabayad siya sa mga drug user na pumapasok sa bahay niya,” Fuerte said.

(Tupas' house was being used as some sort of a drug den. He collects payment from drug users who go to his house.)

The three drug suspects denied the allegations. Tupas admitted using illegal drugs but denied that he is selling them.

He also said Paniza went to his house and asked him to buy illegal drugs in Barangay Ambalgan in a nearby town, Santo Niño.

“Takot ako eh, ewan ko ba kung anong pumasok sa isipan ko bakit that time gustong-gusto ko. Meron kasing okasyon sa bahay, kaya gusto kong gumamit para may lakas akong tumulong,” said Paniza.

(I don't know what came to me, why, at that time, I wanted to use drugs. There was a celebration in our house, so I wanted to use drugs so I'll have strength to help around.)

Paniza added that a small sachet of illegal drugs is more expensive now. A P200 sachet now costs P500.

Police have filed charges against the suspects.