Dentist, 3 others nab in drug den raid in Cotabato City — PDEA
More News from Jamie Marie Elona
MANILA, Philippines–Four people, including a dentist, were arrested when they were caught sniffing suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, or “shabu” inside an alleged drug den in Cotabato City, an anti-narcotics official said Wednesday.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr. identified the arrested suspects as Dr. Rainier “Nen” Masukat, a rural health dentist; Marvin “Marvs” Sinsuat, 40; Rosello “Butchoy” Paches, 33; and Von Lluna, 24.
Cacdac said the buy-bust operation took place last Monday, supposedly for the arrest of suspected drug trader Ricky “Kay-kay” Cimafranca, who agreed to meet up with an undercover agent for a sachet of shabu, at his house in Barangay (village) Bagua 3 in Cotabato City.
However, after selling and handing the small plastic of shabu to the poseur-buyer, Cimafranca was able to elude arrest, Cacdac said.
Authorities launched a hot pursuit operation and checked Cimafranca’s house, where the dentist and the three others were caught red-handed having a pot-session.
PDEA agents searched the house and recovered various drug paraphernalia, Cacdac said.
Masukat, Sinsuat, Paches, Lluna are facing charges for violation of Section 7 (Visitors of a Drug Den) and Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Cimafranca, on the other hand, will be charged with violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 6 (Maintenance of a Drug Den).
Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94