Suspected illegal drugs trader arrested by NBI in Iligan City

Published July 8, 2021, 10:20 AM

by Jeffrey Damicog

National Bureau of Investigation

By Jeffrey Damicog

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested in Iligan City a suspected illegal drugs trader from whom seven grams of shabu was confiscated in a buy-bust operation.

NBI Officer-in-Charge Director Eric B. Distor identified the suspect as Jesty Estefanio, 31, who was arrested last July 3 by agents of the NBI’s Iligan District Office (NBI-ILDO).

“The operatives were able to buy from the subject one (1) piece Large Size Heat-sealed plastic sachet containing shabu weighing seven (7) grams with an estimated value of Php 47,600,” the NBI said in a statement.

“The confiscated illegal drug was forwarded to NBI-Regional Office 10, Forensic Chemistry Division for quantitative and qualitative examination,” it said.

Aside from the illegal drugs, also seized from Estefanio were an identification card, an improvised pipe called “babing”, a cellular phone, and surgical mask, it also said.

Estefanio, who is now detained at the NBI-ILDO, has been presented for inquest before the Illigan City Prosecutor’s Office for selling illegal drugs in violation of Republic Act 9165, the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.