Drug trafficking happens even in high end malls — PH DEA

PDEA Chief Isidro Lapena Photo ©

FROM crowded public markets to high end malls, illegal drug traffickers spare no place to conduct their unlawful deals.

This was disclosed on by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Isidro Lapeña two days after the arrest last Saturday of a suspected big-time female pusher inside a posh shopping mall in Taguig City last Saturday.

The latest arrest came a few days after anti-drug operatives busted four suspected drug dens and arrested eight suspected den maintainers in front of the Paco Market in Manila.

“Illegal drug transactions are actually happening inside malls because the place is usually bustling with people and activity. Also, in the parking area and comfort rooms, illegal drugs can be exchanged discreetly inside vehicles and cubicles of rest rooms,” Lapeña said.

He noted that drug dealers seem to believe that no law enforcement authorities will try to arrest them where a ban on carrying firearms is strictly enforced.

Lapeña identified the suspected drug dealer as Gladys V. Ortega, 43 years old, a widow and a resident of Mabini Street, West Rembo, Makati City. He said Ortega was apprehended during a buy bust operation inside a popular shopping mall in McKinley Parkway while she was trying to facilitate the sale of one kilogram of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu with an estimated market value of P6 million. 

Ortega will be charged with violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165 (the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).

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Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK
A former reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard Today, and a regular columnist of the Metro Manila based daily tabloid newspaper Hataw; Nelson Flores is also the former Senior Associate Editor of the Houston based Fil-Am Press and former anchor of dzXL and dzRJ's weekend talk show Usaping Bayan. Mr. Flores has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Law degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University and a holder of a study certificate from the Diocesan House of Studies, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI). He is a Freemason and member of Reagan Lodge 1037 in Houston Heights under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas and a member of the Missionary Society of Christ the King (MSCK).

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