Young ‘drug dealer’ in Metro Manila busted in Parañaque

A 19-YEAR-OLD suspected drug trafficker in Metro Manila was locked up by agents of the National Capital Region Police Office after he sold 50 grams of shabu worth P340,000 to an undercover officer in Baclaran, Parañaque City on Thursday evening, NCRPO director Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said yesterday.

Suspect Raphael Rico alias ‘Rap-rap,’ a native of Pangasinan residing in Puyat Compound in Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City, yielded the so-called poor man’s cocaine and 10 bundles of boodle money topped by a marked P1,000 bill during the buy-bust operation at the corner of Roxas Boulevard and  Opeña Street in Baclaran, 10:30 p.m. Thursday, the Metro Manila police director said.

According to the official, combined operatives of the NCRPO Regional Drug Enforcement Unit, the Parañaque City Police Station and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency jointly conducted the sting following weeks of surveillance.

The suspect and the recovered pieces of drug evidence were immediately brought to the NCRPO-RDEU headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City shortly after the operation.

Eleazar said that Rico will be facing non-bailable charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and Disobedience and Resisting Arrest by an Agent of a Person in Authority.

The official assured the public that they are continuing their case build-up against identified drug personalities in the metropolis. “We are appealing to the public to continue supporting and cooperating with us to ensure that all drug personalities will be put behind bars,” he said.