GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Despite the ongoing threats of the pandemic, illegal drug trade continue to operate in many parts of the country. But the long arm of the law successfully arrested ‘bigtime drug pusher that operate in this city and other neighboring areas, the police reported yesterday.
During an entrapment operation, local and regional police operatives arrested a fugitive identified as Tony Mamintal, 39, and a resident of Sitio Posaka, Barangay Kapinpilan in Midsayap, North Cotabato province.
Lt. Clarizel Perez, the spokesperson of the city police office told the media that the suspect has been the subject of surveillance in many months to confirm his wide operation until they discovered he was a ‘bigtime’ drug pusher.
Aside from the arrest of the suspect on Tuesday night (August 3), Perez said, the police has also recovered from his possession a total of P680,000 worth of the illegal drug suspected as ‘shabu.’
Initial investigation disclosed that after the entrapment was set up, local police operatives and the Police Regional Office 12 (PRO-12) operatives immediately went to the designated place of the buy-bust operation bringing with them a bagful of ‘boodle money’ amounting to P200,000.
At around 10pm on Tuesday, the official narrated, the transaction happened along El Marow Road, Habitat Phase B in Barangay San Isidro, and the suspect sold two medium-sized packs of suspected shabu to the police undercover who posed as a buyer.
After the successful transaction, joint elements of the local police and the regional police arrested the suspect. They have recovered a big amount of the illegal drug with an estimated value of PHP680,00, considered by the police organization in this city as a single biggest drug haul by operatives in the area this year.
“Investigators are currently establishing the network and other possible cohorts of the suspect,” she told newsmen in her interviews.
It was later learned upon checking that the suspect as a standing warrant of arrest with no recommended bail bond for violation of Section 11 or possession of dangerous drugs, under Article II of Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. The warrant was issued last Feb. 18 by Regional Trial Court Branch 28 Judge Rainera Osua in Midsayap.
The supect is now languishing at the police’s mini cell and awaits the filing of appropriate charges for violating Section 5 or selling dangerous drugs under Article II of RA 9165. (PNA)