The PDEA said the suspect, Felicito Lazaro, 62, a radio commentator,of Bagong Silang, Masbate City, was arrested by authorities after he was caught red-handed selling methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu to a poseur-buyer in Sorsogon last Oct. 23.
Reports said the transaction took place in Barangay Binanuahan, Pilar, Sorsogon.
Upon the pre-arranged signal, members of the operating team arrested Lazaro, who yielded a plastic sachet containing shabu weighing 4.5 grams.
“Lazaro has been under surveillance by PDEA for quite some time because he is one of the major drug suppliers of shabu in the area. His arrest dealt a crippling blow to the local drug industry in the provinces of Masbate and Sorsogon,” PDEA director general Arturo Cacdac said.
Lazaro is now facing charges for violation of Section 5 or Sale of Dangerous Drugs, Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The suspect is now detained at the PDEA RO5 jail facility in Legazpi City. – Dennis Carcamo