4 drug suspects nabbed in Zamboanga del Norte buy-bust


A drug den was dismantled and four high-value target drug personalities were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Zamboanga del Norte.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron N. Aquino identified the suspects as Greatchen Loquillano, alias Jopay Grace, Mariz Padilla, Mary Jane Lapas, Reggie Pardello, and Kristine Adorna, all high-value target drug personalities.

The suspects were arrested Tuesday, December 3, by joint elements of PDEA Regional Office IX (PDEA RO IX) under the supervision of Director Edgar T. Jubay, and local police in Purok 2, Barangay Napilan, Rizal, Zamboanga del Norte.

Confiscated during the operation were eight pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing suspected shabu, weighing about 55 grams, with an estimated value of P374,000.00, assorted drug paraphernalia, and the buy-bust money.

The suspects will be charged for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Illegal Drugs), Section 6 (Maintenance of a Drug Den), Section 7 (Employees and Visitors of a Den), Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Section 12 (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia), Section 13 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs During parties, Social Gatherings or Meetings), and Section 15 (Use of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. #