A barangay councilor in Makati City who was serving to the police in its antidrug marketing campaign was arrested on Tuesday after he bought “shabu” or methamphetamine hydrochloride to an spy.
Virgilio Awit Jr., a kagawad of Barangay East Rembo, was even utilizing a authorities vehicle (SLF 811) on the time he was apprehended by authorities, the police mentioned.
The 51-year-old native official earlier bought P1,500 value of shabu to a poseur-buyer. He was later flagged down on C5 Road in Barangay East Rembo by members of the Makati City Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU).
Insp. Jeson Vigilla, SDEU crew chief, mentioned three plastic sachets of shabu had been recovered from Awit, along with the marked cash.
The suspect shall be charged with unlawful possession and the sale of unlawful medication.
Awit had represented his barangays in the conferences of Makati’s Peace and Order Council, town authorities mentioned.
Vigilla added that the suspect had helped the police in its Oplan Tokhang operations, knocking on the homes of suspected drug pushers and customers in Barangay East Rembo and convincing them to give up.
“But it was apparently a front to protect his status,” Vigilla mentioned, including that Awit additionally protected different drug suspects whereas selling medication solely by way of trusted referrals.
“Our operatives were able to get a referral. Considering that this is an elected official, we really checked the information and it was positive,” Vigilla informed the Inquirer.
Laboratory outcomes have confirmed that the sachets seized from Awit in the course of the buy-bust operation contained shabu.
His cellphone was additionally turned over to the cybercrime unit for additional examination.
Following Awit’s arrest, Mayor Abby Binay reiterated her administration’s zero-tolerance coverage in opposition to unlawful medication and warned different barangay officers that the complete power of the legislation can be utilized to anybody caught breaking them.
“We urge citizens to be vigilant and cooperate with law enforcement authorities,” Binay mentioned.
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