MEMBERS of the Manila Police District (MPD) arrested eight students who were found in possession of at least 200 pieces of party drugs and several packs of high-grade marijuana or ‘kush’ worth about P220,000 during a buy-bust operation in Malate, Manila, the other day.
Nabbed in front of McDonald’s along Taft Avenue near P. Ocampo Street at around 1 a.m. were Adrielle Mercado, 21, Maico Estrella, 22, Jan Andre Sanchez, 18, and Matthew Reyes, 21.
Police said that before the arrest was made, a policeman assigned at the MPD-Ermita Station Drug Enforcement Unit posed as a buyer and bought five Ecstasy tablets worth P5,000.
It was learned that the suspects were selling drugs via a website and had fellow students for their clientele. The confiscated ‘kush’ from them were said to have come from California.
Meanwhile, at around 8 p.m. of the same day, another team from the Ermita Police Station nabbed four other students who were caught in possession of two kilos of marijuana with a street value of P240,000 along C.M. Recto Avenue in Sampaloc.
The four were identified as Richmond Rey Palustre, 20, Ryan Glenn Zarandin, 20, Miguel Cardeña, 19, and Xanni Antonio, 18.
Police said a poseur-buyer was able to buy from the suspects P10,000 worth of marijuana while their car was parked in front of a fastfood restaurant.