Virac resto delivery crew busted in anti-drug sting

A member of a Virac restaurant’s service delivery crew is now in jail after he was arrested in an anti-illegal drug operation last week.

Jedah Tariman Romero, 40, a resident of Palnab del Norte, is facing separate criminal charges for selling and possession of dangerous drugs as penalized by Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Operatives from the Virac Municipal Police Station headed by police chief Maj. Antonio Perez, the Regional Police Drug Enforcement Unit-Catanduanes and the Provincial Intelligence Unit arrested Romero as soon as he handed over a sachet of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride to the undercover police officer in exchange for the P500 buy-bust money sometime after 7 P.M. of July 7, 2021 at barangay San Isidro Village.

The suspect is considered as a “high-value individual” and included in the Catanduanes police’s Recalibrated Priority Database on Illegal Drugs.

A representative from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and some barangay officials witnessed the inventory of the illegal drugs, including nine more sachets of suspected shabu found in the suspect’s possession.

According to the police, Romero had surrendered to the authorities under Oplan Tokhang in 2016 and is currently enrolled in the Community-Based Treatment and Rehabilitation Program (CBTRP).

Maj. Perez said that the capital town’s police continues to monitor Persons Who Used Drugs (PWUDs) to make sure they would comply with their responsibilities under the program and eventually lead new lives.

He likewise stressed that PWUDs who are caught using and/or selling illegal drugs anew would be face the full force of the law.

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