Resorts offer safe haven to drug pushers – PDEA

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January 29, 2018

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ILOILO City – Drug pushers are increasingly drawn to beach or inland resorts where, behind closed doors, they find it safe to conduct illegal transactions, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

People checking in at resorts are not thoroughly inspected, observed Regional Director Wardley Getalla.

“Because the frisking and checking of bags are not so strict pushers find it easy to bring huge volumes of illegal drugs,” said Getalla.

PDEA-6 is devising ways to address this new strategy of the drug traffickers, he told Panay News.

Friday morning last week, two brothers and drug pushing suspects were arrested at BRB Resort in Barangay Sto. Niño Norte, Arevalo district.

Saladas brothers Mike Renzo, 23, and Ronelio, 18, sold a sachet of shabu for P1,000 to an undercover police officer at the resort. They were taken to the Arevalo police station.

The buy-bust operation targeting the brothers who were residents of Barangay Rizal Estanzuela, City Proper was carried out around 2 a.m.

The police recovered 13 sachets of shabu.

The Saladas brothers face a charge for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Getalla said drug traffickers also use resorts as drug dens.

“Hindi kasi mabusisi ang mga resorts. Basta makabayad ka ng renta hindi na sila mag-check kung ano ang ginagawa ng kanilang customers,” said Getalla./PN



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