Sailboat buy-bust yields P160K worth of shabu

SACHETS of suspected sabu with valued at P160,000 were recovered during an anti-narcotics operation afternoon of Sept. 5, 2018 at Muelle Loney St. in City Proper, Iloilo City.

The operatives arrested Jessie Benza, 48, of Barangay Legaspi-dela Rama, City Proper district after the sting operation.

Members of the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit 6 (RDEU-6), RACAT Unit, in coordination with the Iloilo City Police Station and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 6 (PDEA-6), carried out the operation 1:30 p.m. Wednesday while Benza was unloading lanzones from a kumpit or sailboat from Jojo, Sulu.

Benza works by processing permits for fruits that enter Iloilo City from other provinces.

He allegedly sold a sachet suspected shabu to a poseur-buyer for P10,000.

When frisked, 15 more sachets of shabu were seized from his possession.

When asked if he owned the confiscated drugs, Benza did not directly answered but just shed tears.

But he denied using drugs.

The suspect is now detained at ICPS1 lock-up cell and will be charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).

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