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Police arrest Korean in Oro for illegal drugs

CAGAYAN de Oro City–Police apprehended a 66-year-old Korean national for alleged possession of illegal substance inside a hotel room in Barangay Lumbia, this city, on Friday.

The police identified the suspect as Dong Young Kim, divorced, and staying at the Koresco Hotel in uptown Cagayan de Oro.

According to Cogon police station commander Captain Tessie Lleva said Dong is a retired soldier of the Korean Army and has been using his monthly pension for his daily needs here.

Lleva said Dong has been known to sell shabu to his compatriots living in the city.

The suspect was divorced in his home country, but he reportedly kept a handful of Filipino girlfriends here.

Dong, she said, was considered by the Cogon police as a high-value target.

In fact, she added, the foreigner was arrested for possession and selling illegal drugs in 2016, but the charges against him was dismissed.

Lleva said knowing what caused Dong’s freedom from that previous drug case has become part of their ongoing investigation.

She said they have been conducting a month-long surveillance on Dong, who they found out got his drug supply from a contact in General Santos City.

When the police were about to arrest Dong and his drug supplier Thursday night, the contact never arrived and told the suspect by phone that he cannot yet deliver the illegal substance.

Instead of calling off the operation, Lleva said an operative invited Dong to do drugs inside his hotel room.

Agents from the Cogon police arrested Dong as they were about to start the pot session. Confiscated from him were two small sachets of suspected shabu.

Lleva said the suspect could be facing charges of illegal possession of drugs.

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