TWO suspected hoarders and profiteers were hauled to jail by agents of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group after separate buy-bust operations over the weekend, PNP-CIDG director Major General Joel Napoleon M. Coronel said yesterday.
One of the suspects identified as Jackson Chua was arrested for hoarding and selling non-contract infrared body thermometers to an undercover officer of the CIDG Anti-Transnational Crime Unit inside the Anchor Sky Building in Ongpin Street in Binondo, Manila around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, said the official.
Coronel said that recovered from the businessman were 100 infrared body thermometers with an estimated market value of P235,000 and the marked money paid to him by the poseur. The official said that the suspect was placed under arrest for selling the items at a very high price of P4,700 each.
The second suspect identified as 41-year-old Cherry Mae Abilay was arrested in an entrapment operation in Barangay Kadlan in Pili, Camarines Sur conducted by Bicol CIDG operatives with the help of the local police and representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry.
Coronel said that Abilay was arrested while in the act of selling gallons of 70 percent solution of isopropyl alcohol at P1,200 each around 1:30 p.m. last Saturday.
Recovered during the operation were 51 gallons of isopropyl alcohol, five thermal scanners being sold at P7,500 each, the receipt of the seized alcohol and a marked P1,000 bill she received from an undercover operative.
The recovered pieces of evidence were being sold at a total of P98,700 although they should only cost P27,710 on the market based on the DTI suggested retail price, said Coronel.
Both suspects are now facing charges for violation of the Price Act and Consumer’s Act of the Philippines, the official said.