Miners tip off cops about shabu suppliers in Baguio City

Mae Cornes, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 05 2016 09:15 PM

BAGUIO CITY – Two men were arrested after their supposed clients reported them to the police for selling illegal drugs in Baguio City.

Alvin Verin and Ronel Apejas, who both worked in a bar in the city, were arrested by operatives of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP CIDG) - Baguio at a jeepney terminal in Harrison Road, Monday afternoon.

A plastic sachet of suspected shabu and the P500 buy-bust money were confiscated from the suspects.

According to Chief Insp. Angelito Dangli Jr., chief of CIDG-Baguio, miners, who were some of their previous customers, tipped them off.

"Yung mga minerong 'yun, tumgil na silang gumamit nung nagkaroon ng Oplan Tokhang, pero nabalitaan yata ng mga suspek na nagsi-akyatan sa Baguio ngayon 'yung mga minero para magbenta ng ginto, kaya kinukulit daw sila," he said.

Most of their alleged buyers are miners, and their meeting area is in Philex jeepney terminal which most miners frequent.

Many miners often buy in bulk, police added.

"Ginagamit nila 'yun sa trabaho, para mas tumagal sila," Dangli said.

(They use it so they can work longer.) 

The suspects admitted that they were users, but insisted that they do not sell illegal drugs. They said the confiscated item was just tawas or alum which they use to deceive their buyers.

"Nagipit lang po, kasi wala kaming pera, pero kahit i-test po 'yan, tawas 'yan, para mabigyang leksyon yung mga bumibili," one of the suspects said.

(We were just hard up because we have no money, but even if you test that, it's just tawas, just to give a lesson to those who buy.) 

As of posting, the suspects were in the custody of PNP CIDG – Baguio. They are facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.