A 44-YEAR-old Quezon City businessman was arrested early morning yesterday by members of the Taguig City Police Station and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency after he yielded some P8.5 million worth of cocaine and Ecstasy tablets inside the high-end Shangri-la Hotel in Bonifacio Global City, National Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said.
Suspect Domingo Tanyao Uy Jr., a resident of no. 1 Balete Drive, Andres North Condominium in Q.C. yielded six plastic packets containing 4,083 pieces of suspected designer drug called ‘Ecstasy valued at P6,864,600, 22 plastic bags containing some 350 grams of suspected cocaine with a market value of P1,855,000, three small bottles containing suspected liquid Ecstasy, several documents inlcluding 48 checks in the amount of P175 million and P720,346 in cash, said Eleazar.
According to the NCRPO director, operatives of the Taguig City Police Station headed by Colonel Alexander Santos and the PDEA National Capital Region Southern District Office led by Agent Joel Villorente made the arrest following a call for assistance from security personnel of the Shangri-la Hotel.
Southern Police District director, Brigadier General Eliseo DC Cruz, said that the suspect attracted the attention of the hotel security officers who later called in the police after suspecting he was carrying dangerous drugs.
It turned out that two hotel housekeeping staff called in their security officers after seeing the suspected drugs inside a room safety vault which was left opened by the suspect, the official said.
According to Eleazar, they found out that Uy has been occupying the same hotel room for the past six months for P13,000 a day. A record check with the Bureau of Immigration also showed that Uy had left the country for Europe and the United States at least 19 times before he was arrested.
Uy was said to be Filipino-Canadian citizen.
“I believe he’s just the tip of the iceberg and we have to see kung ano talagang trabaho o involvement nitong taong ito dahil sa dami ng nakitang droga at iyung potensyal na mayroong mga malaking transaksyong ginagawa s’ya. We are looking for his network here,” Eleazar said.
The suspect will be facing charges for illegal possession of dangerous drugs under Section 11 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, said Cruz.
Under the law, the penalty of life imprisonment to death and a fine ranging from P500,000 to P10 million shall be imposed upon any person, who, unless authorized by law, shall possess 10 grams or more of cocaine or cocaine hydrochloride and 10 grams or more of other dangerous drugs such as, but not limited to, Ecstasy, regardless of the degree of purity of the substance seized.
Eleazar said he has ordered the SPD to coordinate their investigation into the source of the drugs seized from the suspect with the PDEA.