Mindanao Times

2 gov’t employees nabbed in drug bust


GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Anti-narcotics operatives arrested two South Cotabato government employees in a buy-bust operation on Wednesday inside the provincial motorpool in Koronadal City.

Kath Abad, public informatio­n officer of the Philippine Drug Enforcemen­t Agency (PDEA)Region 12, identified the suspects as Renante Anas, 36, and Joemel Cabrera, 39, both assigned at the South Cotabato Provincial Engineerin­g Office (PEO).

In a report released Thursday morning, Abad said the two sold a saMALAYBAL­AY chet of suspected shabu worth PHP500 to a PDEA agent who posed as a buyer around 10:30 a.m. inside the government compound along Waling-Waling Street in Barangay Zone IV.

Anas and Cabrera yielded another small plastic sachet containing suspected shabu valued at PHP1,000 in a subsequent search, Abad said.

She said PDEA received informatio­n about the suspects’ alleged illegal activities from an anonymous informant, adding the two were listed as “newlyident­ified drug personalit­ies” in the area.

“They were considered as high-value targets since they were doing the drug transactio­ns inside a government compound,” Abad said.

Marnilo Aperocho, PEO chief, expressed disappoint­ment over the involvemen­t of their employees in the illegal drug trade.

Aperocho said Anas, who hails from Surallah town, is a regular employee, while Cabrera is a job order worker and had tested negative in recent drug tests.

“I have repeatedly reminded them to shun from illegal activities, especially involving illegal drugs,” he said in a radio interview.

The suspects, who are currently detained at the PDEA-12 lockup here, will be charged with selling and possession of dangerous drugs, under Article II of Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (PNA)

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