Suspected drug trader arrested, P13M worth of drugs seized

Published June 30, 2020, 8:18 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

A suspected illegal drugs trader was arrested at his condominium unit in Marikina City where narcotics worth P13 million and firearms were discovered, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said on Tuesday, June 30.

NBI Officer-In-Charge Eric Distor identified the arrested suspect as Philip Jacob Nocom who has been found using the names Alex Benson Vergara, John Robert Bautista, and Joseph Francis Lee.

Distor said Nocom was arrested at his condominium unit last Thursday, June 25, by the NBI’s International Operations Division (NBI-IOD).

NBI agents found in the condominium unit P13 million worth of illegal drugs including two kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, and .5 grams of cocaine.

Also found in the condominium unit were a M16 automatic rifle, caliber 9mm automatic pistol, several live ammunitions, several loaded M16 and pistol magazines, several tactical knives, hand held radios, and several electronic devices.

Following his arrest, the suspect was presented before the Marikina City Prosecutor’s Office for violating f Section 28 of Republic Act 10591, Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act; Section 11 of R.A. 9165, Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002; and Section 3 of Commonwealth Act No. 142, Regulating the Use of Alias.

 Prior to his arrest, security guards of the condominium building went to his unit that day to demand his delayed rent of two months.

After the suspect did not respond to the repeated knocks, the guards forced open the door of the unit and discovered Nocom lying on his bed almost unconscious and weak.

When they saw the firearms and illegal drugs, the building security contacted the NBI.