Three suspects nabbed in Commonwealth, Quezon City
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Thirteen individuals have been arrested in simultaneous anti-drug operations in Quezon City.
An alleged drug pusher and his live-in partner were arrested in a buy-bust operation of the Quezon City Police District.
The suspects were identified as Joey de Ramas and Mary Rose Gordo; both are residents of Barangay Commonwealth Quezon City.
Authorities also arrested the couple’s visiting friend, Joy Rance.
De Ramas denied dealing drugs but admitted to using it and working as a runner for the illegal drugs.
“Hindi po, nagrarunner lang po. Inutusan lang kumukuha tapos bumibili tapos dinadala, ibinibigay ko (I’m just a runner. I just follow orders to pick up the goods and deliver to buyers),” he said.
Meanwhile, seven men were caught in the middle of a pot session in Barangay Payatas, Quezon City.
Police recovered in their possession 9 sachets of suspected illegal drugs and paraphernalia.
One of the arrested men, Wilfredo Caldea, claimed innocence.
“Di ko po alam, napadaan lang po ako eh. Napadaan lang po ako doon (I have nothing to do with it, I just happened to drop by),” he said.
Police also conducted a buy-bust operation in Barangay E. Rodriguez, Cubao, Quezon City where two siblings and another individual were arrested.
The suspects were identified as Juhari Suraida Ampoan, Jamail Suraida Demacore and Marie Grace Velasco.
Ampoan, denied pushing drugs but admitted to using them when working.
“Sa ano ko lang naman eh, kapag may inaayos na cellphone. Yung natyempuhan nila may inaayos ako noon na cellphone. Kapag wala akong inaayos, wala. Halos wala nga kaming makain eh, (I only use [drugs] when I’m fixing a cellphone. The police chanced upon me while I was repairing one. I don’t use [drugs] when I’m not working on anything. We can barely afford food),” Ampoan reasoned out.
Police Senior Inspector Ramon Aquiatan of QCPD Station 7 said the siblings were placed under a week-long surveillance by barangay officials.
“Base doon sa ating poseur- buyer, itong magkapatid ang nabilihan niya ng ilegal na droga at narecover din yung buy bust money sa posisyon nung magkapatid (According to our poseur-buyer,he was able to buy drugs from the siblings and police even found the buy-bust money in their possession),” Aquiatan said.
Authorities recovered the P500 buy-bust money and 10 sachets of suspected shabu in the siblings’ possession. — Gerry Galicia