By Jean Fernando
Members of the Las Pinas City police Station Drug Enforcement Unit arrested a person placed under their drug watchlist during a buy-bust operation and confiscated about P340,000 worth of shabu on May 25, Monday night.
Colonel Segundo Lagundi, the city police chief, identified the suspect as Ryan Sta. Rita,31 of Barangay Interior Elias Aldana, Las Pinas City. Laguindi said that Sta. Rita is now detained at their custodian facility and charges of drug peddling will be filed against him.
Investigation showed the suspect was arrested at about 9:45 p.m. on Monday during a buy-bust operation along Padre Diego Cerra Road, Barangay Elias Aldana, Las Pinas City.
Lagundi said that prior to the arrest of the suspect, members of the SDEU planned a buy-bust operation against Sta Rita known in the community as a notorious drug peddler.
Using a policeman poseur-buyer, SDEU members collared the suspect after the poseur-buyer signalled policemen scattered around with the completion of the drug deal.
Police recovered from the suspect 3 heat sealed transparent sachet containing shabu which is about 50 grams amounting to P340,000 and the P500 cash used as buy-bust money.