A Grab driver and a former detainee were arrested by members of San Juan City Police after they were caught selling illegal drugs in a series of buy-bust operations in Barangay Balong Bato on October 22, 2018.

In a report submitted to Eastern Police District (EPD) Director, PCSUPT BERNABE M BALBA by San Juan City Police Chief, PSSUPT DINDO R REYES, the first suspect was identified as Marvin Ravina y Basco, alias Marvin, 35, and a resident of No.93-L F Roman Street, Brgy. Balong Bato, San Juan City.

Reyes said Ravina was collared by teams of Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) headed by Police Senior Insp. Dionisio Jonathan De Castro and SPO1 Gerard Crisostomo following a buy–bust operation along F. Roman Street, Brgy. Balong Bato at around 10:35 PM.

The arrest of Ravina was based on reports that he was involved in drug peddling activities and also used his house as “drug den” by some of his customers. Ravina had just parked his Grab vehicle in his garage when he met up an undercover agent infront of his house.

When he handed the sachet of undetermined amount of drugs and took the payment upon pre-arranged signal, other operatives immediately arrested him.

Police confiscated another plastic sachet containing suspected shabu, and a P500 peso bill that served as marked money from the suspect.

More than an hour earlier at around 9:05 PM, teams of SDEU conducted a buy-bust operation in the same neigborhood that resulted to the arrest of the second suspect Marlon Magbitang y Abriol, alias Marlon Bakla, 47, of No.93-O F. Roman Street, Brgy. Balong Bato. Magbitang was caught red- handed selling sachet of illegal drugs to a cop who posed as buyer few meters from his house along F. Roman Street. Brgy. Balong Bato.

Reyes said, Magbitang’s first arrest was on March 2016 for possession and selling of illegal drugs, he was jailed for two months and released on May after his case had been dismissed. The suspect surrendered under police “Oplan Tokhang” but still continued his illegal drug activities.According to Reyes, the neighboring drug pushers admitted they were selling illegal drugs in their barangay and sourced their supply from Sta. Mesa, Manila City.

The arrested suspects are now detained at the San Juan Police detention cell and facing charges of violation of RA 9165 or otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

PRESS RELEASE 10232018-78
DATE: OCT 23, 2018