By Mike Frialde
MANILA, Philippines – The Southern Police District arrested on Monday two suspected drug traffickers in Taguig and Muntinlupa in line with its intensified drive against illegal drugs in southern Metro Manila.
Chief Inspector Gaylord Tamayo, chief of the SPD’s District Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group identified those arrested as Yasin Datu-Iman and Florentino Medallada.
Police said Datu-Iman, 31, was arrested at about 9:30 pm during a buy-bust operation at the parking lot of the Sunshine Mall at the FTI complex in Bicutan, Taguig.
Seized from Datu-Iman were 14 pieces of heat sealed transparent plastic sachet containing an undetermined quantity of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu.”
While Datu-Iman was being arrested by SPD anti-drug agents, members of the SPD’s AID-SOTG and the Muntinlupa Police also arrested Medallada alias “Junior,” 35, of Putatan, Muntinlupa City.
Police said Medallada was nabbed during a sting operation at a tricycle terminal along Estanislao Street in Lakeview, Barangay Putatan.
Medallada was arrested shortly after passing a heat-sealed plastic sachet marked “FM” and containing suspected shabu to an undercover police officer who pretended to be a buyer.
Also seized from Medallada were three pieces marked P100 bills used in the buy-bust operation.
The SPD has filed charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002” against the arrested suspects before the respective prosecutors offices of the cities of Taguig and Muntinlupa.
The SPD has recently intensified its drive against illegal drugs in its area of coverage – the cities of Makati, Taguig, Pasay, Parañaque, Muntinlupa, Las Piñas and the municipality of Pateros.
Last April 17, the SPD manage to disrupt the trafficking of illegal drugs in southern Metro Manila with the arrest of 37-year-old Borbie Rivera, a Pasay City barangay chair and is considered by the SPD as its “number one target” for illegal drug trafficking.