By Mark Meruenas
July 27, 2015
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday said it has arrested 14 people who allegedly maintain drug dens inside BF Homes in Paranaque.
In a press conference at the NBI headquarters in Manila, Joel Tovera, chief of the NBI-Anti Illegal Drug Unity, said the drug dens were being maintained in residential houses on V. Fernandez Street and Nicanor Jacinto Street, both inside BF Homes.
The houses were said to be “controlled” by an alias Bartolome, an alias Ato, and a certain Ma. Louthela Taylor. The group allegedly maintained the houses, where dangerous drugs like methamphetamine hydrochloride and its paraphernalia are delivered, administered and used.
Tovera said the residences were inspected last Friday through three search warrants issued by Paranaque City Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Jaime Guray.
The NBI arrested the 14 suspects, three of whom were women, in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement and the Paranaque City police.
Apart from shabu and drug paraphernalia, also seized from one of the houses was a marijuana plant.
The suspects were set to undergo inquest proceedings before the Office of the Paranaque City Prosecutor for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Among the portions of RA 9165 violated by the suspects were Article II, Section 6 (maintenance of a drug den); Section 7 (visitor of a drug den); Section 11 (possession of dangerous drugs); Section 12 (possession of drug paraphernalia); and Section 16 (cultivation of plants classified as dangerous drugs). -NB, GMA News