Al­leged drug ad­dict, 9, rescued

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Po­lice rescued a nine-yearold al­leged drug de­pen­dent in Marik­ina City on Wednesday.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Ro­mulo Sa­pit­ula, di­rec­tor of the Eastern Po­lice District, claimed that the boy’s mother let him sniff shabu.

Sa­pit­ula said the boy ad­mit­ted that he was forced by his mother to take shabu each time he com­plained about hav­ing an empty stom­ach.

“The boy told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he used shabu to re­lieve his hunger,” Sa­pit­ula said.

He or­dered Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Lorenzo Holan­day, city po­lice chief, to get the state­ment of the boy in the pres­ence of the De­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment (DSWD) of­fi­cials.

The boy was turned over to the DSWD, Sa­pit­ula said.

Po­lice said res­i­dents in Barangay Con­cep­cion Uno in­formed them that the boy had been us­ing shabu.

“Ac­cord­ing to wit­nesses and in­for­mants, the boy joined his mother in sniff­ing shabu at their rented apart­ment,” Sa­pit­ula said.

Armed with a search war­rant is­sued by Judge An­janette de Leon Or­tile of the Marik­ina City Re­gional Trial Court Branch 156, po­lice­men raided the apart­ment and ar­rested the boy’s mother.

Po­lice said she yielded three sa­chets of shabu.

She al­legedly ped­dled drugs to support her three chil­dren.

Po­lice said the woman’s hus­band had been jailed for theft.

Sa­pit­ula di­rected Holan­day to hunt down the mother’s source of shabu.

“The drug sup­plier should be the one to rot in jail,” Sa­pit­ula said.

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