DAVAO CITY – Police arrested a construction worker here who yielded some PHP450,000 worth of illegal drugs during a buy-bust operation on Thursday evening.
Toril police officer-in-charge, Maj. Jason Baria, said suspect Jaime Avenido Jr., 42, yielded 15 grams of suspected shabu when arrested in his house in Barangay Bago Aplaya, Talomo here.
Baria said Avenido’s house had been monitored for illegal drug activities as he is a target-listed individual under the Philippine National Police watch list.
“Apart from being listed on the drug watch list, he is also placed under the Directorate for Intelligence watch list,” he said.
Avenido was identified by another drug personality who had already surrendered, Baria said, adding that the suspect operated in Toril and Talomo districts.
The suspect is under the custody of the Talomo police and will be facing charges for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
P400k marijuana raid
Meanwhie, in General Santos City, authorities uprooted on Thursday more than 10,000 hills of marijuana plants worth around PHP400,000 in a raid on an upland plantation at the boundary of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat provinces.
Lt. Col. Celestino Daniel Jr., chief of the South Cotabato police’s mobile force company (SCPMFC), said Friday the plantation was found amid a stretch of farms covering parts of Sitio Alyong, Barangay Danlag in Tampakan, South Cotabato and Sitio Lamalis, Barangay Datal Blao, Columbio, Sultan Kudarat.
He said they launched the operation early Thursday based on information from village officials and concerned residents.
The operating team was composed of personnel from the SCPMFC, provincial drug enforcement unit, Tampakan police station, Sultan Kudarat police’s drug enforcement unit, 1205th Regional Mobile Force Battalion-12, Regional Intelligence Division-12, and the Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion. (IA/PNA)