Medical technologist at WVMC arrested for ‘shabu peddling’

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A plastic pack containing 5 grams of suspected shabu, cash, a cellphone, and a car key are among the items the police seized from suspected drug dealer Jonathan Lobriza during a buy-bust operation in Mandurriao, Iloilo City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

ILOILO City – A medical technologist of a government-run hospital was arrested for selling suspected shabu in Mandurriao district.

Police said Jonathan Lobriza, 32, was classified by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency as a “high-value target level 1” in the antidrug campaign.

Lobriza sold to undercover officers 5 grams of suspected shabu for P25,000 at around 2 p.m. Monday, said Senior Inspector Kennith Bermejo, chief of the Police Regional Office 6’s Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU).

RDEU operatives transacted with Lobriza inside the latter’s car near the Western Visayas Medical Center on Q. Abeto Street, Mandurriao where he worked, Bermejo said.

A resident of Barangay Burgos, La Paz, Lobriza was detained at the Mandurriao police station.

Bermejo said Lobriza keeps drug supplies in his house – the officer called the suspect a “storekeeper” – hence, his PDEA classification.

According to Bermejo, Lobriza admitted that he has been selling prohibited drugs since 2010 and uses them, too, and that some of his clients were WVMC workers.

“We have been tailing him (Lobriza) since last month,” said Bermejo.

Lobriza faces a charge for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Initial police investigation showed that Lobriza would get his supplies from Manila and sell them here./PN

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