Tattoo artist, tricycle driver fall in drug busts

BY BOY RYAN ZABAL

Friday, April 21, 2017

BORACAY – A tattoo artist and a tricycle driver allegedly selling illegal drugs were arrested in separate police operations in the island.

The 41-year-old tattoo artist Dale Madrid was caught in Sitio Ambulong, Barangay Manoc-manoc on Wednesday, while the 43-year-old Jovic “Juvy” Balantong was nabbed in Mt. Luho Balabag the following day.

Antidrug police caught Balantong after he sold suspected shabu to a poseur buyer for P1,000 around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday.

A native of Oriental Mindoro temporarily staying in Sitio Lapus-Lapus, Barangay Balabag, Balantong was detained in the Boracay Tourist Assistance Center (BTAC) lockup cell.

The suspect is facing charges for violation of section 5 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU) Team A, the BTAC and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) staged the operation.

Madrid, a native of Olongapo City, sold a plastic pack of suspected shabu to an undercover police officer for P1,000 around 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

He further yielded nine plastic packs of similar substance and a mobile phone.

His alleged cohorts who were arrested in another operation in Barangay Balabag before the Holy Week informed the police of his whereabouts.

Madrid was charged with violating sections 5 (sale) and 11 (possession) of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The PDEU Team C, the BTAC, the PDEA, Maritime Group, Provincial Public Safety Company, and Philippine Army’s 12th Infantry Battalion staged the operation. (With Aklan Forum Journal/PN)