DAGUPAN CITY – Authorities dismantled on Thursday a drug den in Barangay 4 and arrested six individuals in a buy-bust operation here.
In an interview on Thursday, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Pangasinan director Rechie Camacho said the suspect Dennis de Guzman was the target of the early morning operation due to his alleged monitored illegal drug trade activity in his residence.
“During the buy-bust operation, the other five arrested suspects were caught on the spot having pot session. De Guzman’s house was known as a one-stop-shop. When his supply of illegal drugs arrives, his trade in his residence was also continuous,” he said.
Camacho identified the other suspects as Jeffrey de Vera from Manaoag town, Benedict Operana, Ranillo Fernandez, Jerico Buenaventura, and Joy Paras, all from Dagupan City.
“The suspects except Buenaventura have previous cases on the illegal drugs trade. De Guzman was arrested previously in Isabela province. Their cases were either dismissed or they have availed of plea bargaining and yet return to their old ways,” he said.
Authorities confiscated 15 grams of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of PHP102,000 and other drug paraphernalia.
Camacho said the suspects are under their custody while cases are being readied for filing against them. (PNA)