BY GERRY LEE GORIT
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A businessman was arrested with illegal drugs confiscated estimated to be worth P27 million following a buy-bust operation conducted by government agents led by the Phil. Drug Enforcement Agency-10 (PDEA-10) Saturday night March 13. 2022.
Based on his driver’s license, the suspect’s name was Arnel Asuncion, from Poblacion, Lupon, Davao Oriental.
During the buy-bust operation, PDEA-10 operatives, with the help of police and government soldiers, confiscated from the suspect’s possession about four kilos of alleged “shabu.”
Jigger Montallana, PDEA-10 director, said they have been keeping track of Asuncion for two months before he was caught during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Maria Cristina, Iligan City.
He said the suspect, who arrived from Davao Oriental, got the drugs in Marawi City and was planning to drop it off in Cagayan de Oro and other parts of the region.
Montallana said Asuncion traveled alone in his blue Navara pick-up when he agreed to meet up PDEA-10 agents who posed as buyers.
The PDEA-10 chief said the agreement was for the suspect to provide the agents with a kilo of the alleged shabu and for him to be paid P500,000 up front and the rest of the payment later when the drugs are sold.
Montallana said Asuncion will be charged with violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, specifically section 5, for the transportation, trading, and delivery of the alleged shabu that was taken from his possession during the buy-bust operation.