A COUPLE, notorious for selling shabu to high school students in North Cotabato, was arrested in an entrapment operation conducted by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency last Tuesday, PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña reported yesterday.
Suspects Renato Padernal, 48, mechanic, and his live-in partner Juvy Villanueva, 29, are now facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, the official said.
According to the PDEA chief, the couple was arrested while conspiring to sell shabu to an undercover officer in their neighborhood in Ortega Subd., Bgy. Poblacion, Kidapawan City, North Cotabato, at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Combined operatives of the PDEA Regional Office 12 and the local police seized some 60 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ with a local market value of P450,000, assorted drug paraphernalia and a caliber .45 pistol with seven live ammunition from the suspects.
Lapeña said the suspects’ residence is only a stone’s throw away from a secondary school where students are reportedly their primary consumers. The couple was also identified as a major drug supplier in Kidapawan City.
Apart from charges for violation of Section 5 (sale of dangerous drugs), Section 11 (possession of dangerous drugs) and Section 12 (possession of drug paraphernalia), Article II of RA 9165, the suspects are also facing a separate case for violation of RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013.