PDEA dismantles drug den in Pangasinan

Published August 13, 2021, 1:53 PM

by Ahikam Pasion

NINE suspects are cuffed together while a PDEA agent writes the inventory for confiscated items. (Ahikam Pasion)

SANTA BARBARA, Pangasinan – Joint anti-drug operatives led by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) dismantled a drug den in Barangay Patayac here after a buy-bust operation late Thursday night, Aug. 13, in which nine individuals were arrested.

Retchie Camacho, PDEA-Pangasinan Provincial Officer, said the one of the nine suspects, Glenn Lumibao Tamondong, 37, is the subject of the buy-bust operation. He is considered a High Value Target (HVT) due to his wide drug peddling network.

THE sachets of suspected shabu and other drug paraphernalia being registered to the inventory of the seizing PDEA agent. (Ahikam Pasion)

A PDEA operative posed as a buyer, and bought one heat-sealed plastic sachet containing shabu using a P500 marked money.

“Nagkataon na may mga tao na nasa bahay ng subject na naaktuhang gumagamit ng basura (drugs),” said Camacho.

“Siya (Tamondong) din ‘yung drug den maintainer. ‘Yung bahay niya naging one-stop shop. Bibili mga parokyano doon tapos kung gusto nila gumamit puwede rin doon,” he added.

Other suspects were identified as Federico Siapno, 55, Rene Soriano, 30, Sammy Rolusta, 42, Rex dela Cruz, 30,