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Tondo barangay chairman’s son busted for drugs

By: - Reporter / @CMarquezINQ
/ 04:38 PM May 24, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The son of a barangay chairman in Tondo, Manila, was arrested Friday morning after P340,000 worth of illegal drugs, ammunition and a firearm were seized from him.

Police arrested Benedict Cortez, alias Jon-Jon, during the implementation of search warrant issued by Judge Carolina Sison of Branch 18 of the Manila Regional Trial Court.

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The arrested suspect’s father, Ricardo Cortez, chairman of Barangay 228 in Tondo,  is a high value drug target and is currently at large.

Elements from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Regional Drug Enforcement Unit; Manila Police District (MPD), Special Weapons and Tactics; MPD Station 7 and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency – NCR Regional Office implemented the search warrant at around 4a.m. in Barangay 228.

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Seized from the younger Cortez were 50 grams of shabu with a street value worth P340,000, a shotgun rifle, live ammunition and drug-using paraphernalia.

Cortez is under police custody and will be charged with violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition.  (Editor: Gilbert S. Gaviola)

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