Bogus PDEA asset, 2 others nabbed in Tarlac drug sting
MABALACAT CITY, Pampanga – A man posing as an asset of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and two other individuals were arrested during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Mapalacsiao in Tarlac City on Thursday.
In a statement, the PDEA – Central Luzon identified the impostor as Joel Basilio, 49, a resident of San Miguel, Tarlac.
The two companions of Basilio were identified as May Quintana, 35, and Jennifer Concepcion.
“Basilio would introduce himself as a PDEA asset and would ask for money and drugs from other drug pushers in the area,” the PDEA Central Luzon said.
Seized from the suspects were four heat-sealed transparent sachets containing 15 grams of shabu (crystal meth) with an estimated street value of P102,000, assorted drug-using paraphernalia, and a .38 caliber revolver.
Marked peso bills were also recovered from the suspects.
PDEA – Central Luzon said the suspects will face a formal complaint for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The alleged “shabu” (crystal meth) and gun allegedly condoscated from the arrested suspects. (Photo courtesy of PDEA Central Luzon)
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