Local media to testify in case vs. shabu smuggler?
posted 4-Mar-2019  ·  
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Two members of the local media would have to execute an affidavit on the statement made by an overland bus passenger who smuggled illegal drugs into the island if a second criminal case is to be filed against him.

An informed source told the Tribune last week that the Virac police has yet to file the criminal case over the three medium-sized sachets of shabu found inside a bag left behind in the bus by the suspect after he was arrested in San Andres town.

It is claimed that the local journalists queried the suspect, Adonis Dante Aguilar, on the three sachets found inside the unclaimed bag at the RSL bus terminal in barangay Concepcion last Feb. 20, 2019.

Aguilar allegedly answered that he divided the original “bulto” or big sachet of the prohibited drug into three so that he could sell it for P11,000 each.

Aguilar arrived at San Andres port on board the ferry at 10:30 A.M. as passenger of Isarog Bus Line with body number 880, only to be welcomed by anti-drug law enforcers.

An hour earlier, Agent Arlene Galiza of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Administration (PDEA) Catanduanes field office had coordinated with the San Andres police for a possible port interdiction.

At about 10 AM, joint elements of San Andres and Virac MPS, PDEA-Catanduanes, Philippine Coast Guard in San Andres, 1st Police Mobile Force Company, and police intelligence officials led by Chief Inspector Ma. Cecilia Zuñiga were already at the port in barangay San Roque, San Andres, to verify the PDEA info that a male person, later identified as Aguilar, was allegedly in possession of an undetermined amount of shabu. .

Intercepting the bus, the police team deployed the PCG’s K9 dog, trained in detecting dangerous drugs, inside the bus. Guided by its handler, the dog went through the aisle and then stopped and sat on its haunches in front of Aguilar, prompting operatives to accost the suspect.

However, due to crowding of passengers, the team decided to invite the suspect to nearby police station where a body search conducted by PO3 Nestor Venus on the suspect yielded a small plastic sachet of shabu inside the left upper pocket of his dark blue jacket.

Aside from the sachet of illegal drug with a street value of P2,500, the police also seized a Lenovo cellphone and an iPhone.

Considering the possibility that Aguilar was also in possession of a bag on board the bus, Senior Inspector Roderick Dismaya, officer-in-charge of San Andres MPS, coordinated with Senior Inspector Ariel Buraga, OIC of Virac MPS, to conduct an entrapment operation against anybody who would claim the bag at RSL bus terminal.

However, long after all the passengers left and with no consignee or claimant in sight, the police decised to seize the only bag remaining in the overhead baggage compartment inside the bus.

During the inventory, the bag yielded the three medium sachets of white crystalline substance believed to be shabu with estimated street value of more or less P35,000 according to the police.

Following his arrest, Aguilar was brought to the Regional Crime Laboratory Office at Camp Ola in Legazpi City together with the confiscated drug items for drug test and laboratory examination, respectively.

Last Feb. 21, a case for violation of Sec. 11, Article II of Republic Act 9165 (possession of illegal drugs) was filed through inquest proceedings at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office, with the accused agreeing to remain in custody of San Andres MPS pending the termination of preliminary investigation.

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