6 arrested in drug den raid in Parañaque City

Members of the Southern Police District (SPD) Drug Enforcement Unit raided a drug den in Parañaque City that led to the arrest of six suspects and confiscation of P408,000 worth of shabu on Sunday, May 22.

SPD Director Brig. Gen. Jimili Macaraeg said the drug den maintainer was identified as Kaliman Midtimbang,31, who was tagged by the police as a high value individual (HVI). He was arrested together with five other suspects: Datupuwa Kanapia Datumantang, 32, also an HVI; Frederick Bautista, 23; Alfredo Cinco Montilla, 67; Sarah Jane Lumabao, 27; and Nadeen Junio Pedragoa, 25, all tagged as street level individuals (SLI).

Macaraeg said the suspects were arrested around 9:20 p.m. inside the drug den located along Ninoy Aquino Avenue, Barangay San Dionisio, Parañaque City.

He said members of the SPD-DEU first conducted a buy-bust operation against Midtimbang and the team immediately raided the drug den after a poseur buyer was able to buy shabu from the suspect.

The SPD chief said the raiding team also found Datumantang distributing plastic sachets of shabu to other suspects to be sold to prospective buyers.

Macaraeg said the SPD-DEU team was able to confiscate from the suspects 16 sachets containing about 60 grams of shabu worth P408,000, and the P500 buy-bust money.

He said the arrested suspects were brought to the SPD custodial facility and were charged in violation of Section 5, 6 and 11 under Art II of RA 9165.

The confiscated shabu was brought to the SPD Forecsic Laboratory for chemical analysis.

“ I will make sure that we will continue to intensify our campaign against illegal drugs. It is necessary that we eradicate this illegal substance because most of the crimes being committed are drug-related and if we can lessen the supply, then we can lower the crime incidents,“ Macaraeg said.