Sarangani gov’t employee nabbed for shabu

Published June 9, 2021, 2:15 PM

by Philippine News Agency

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Joint operatives arrested an employee of the provincial government of Sarangani who reportedly doubled as a drug pusher in an operation Tuesday afternoon, June 8 in a village in Alabel town.

Naravy Duquiatan, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Region 12 director, said suspect Abelardo Espinosa Balcita alias “Totong”, 57, was nabbed around 4:30 p.m. in Purok 6, Barangay Spring in Alabel.

She said Balcita is employed as Administrative Aide III of the Provincial General Services Office of Sarangani.

The raid, which involved elements from PDEA-12, Alabel municipal police station, and the Sarangani police’s drug enforcement unit, intelligence unit and mobile force company, was based on a search warrant issued by a local court.

BUSTED. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Region 12 agents conduct an inventory of the recovered shabu from suspected pusher Abelardo Espinosa Balcita (seated, center) following a raid at his home in Alabel, Sarangani province on Tuesday, June 8. (PDEA-12/MANILA BULLETIN)

Duquiatan said the operating team recovered at the suspect’s residence a large pack and 11 small plastic sachets containing suspected shabu that weighed a combined 5.88 grams and with a market value of PHP39,984.

She said the team also found at the scene at least 13 more plastic sachets with suspected shabu residue.

“He (Balcita) is considered a high-value drug personality and included in our target list,” Duquiatan said in a report.

The suspect will be charged with violation of Section 11 or possession of dangerous drugs, under Article II of Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.