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Cops nab preacher for allegedly selling shabu in QC

Preacher arrested for shabu in Cubao, QC drug sting

A 49-year-old preacher (in red shirt) is handcuffed after his arrest for alleged trafficking of shabu in Cubao, Quezon City on Friday night. The photo below shows the pieces of evidence confiscated from him. Photos from QCPD

MANILA, Philippines — A preacher of a religious group landed in jail for alleged illegal drug trafficking following a buy-bust operation in Cubao, Quezon City on Friday evening.

Police  arrested Jimmy dela Torre, 49, along Oxford Street near the corner of Aurora Boulevard in Barangay E. Rodriguez at 11:30 p.m.

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Members of the Cubao police station, led by Lt. Col. Giovanni Caliao, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Regional Office in National Capital Region launched a joint buy-bust operation against the suspect after authorities received confidential information regarding Dela Torre’s durg activities.

Dela Torre was arrested after a police officer, who posed as a buyer, bought P500 worth of shabu (crystal meth).

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Seized from the preacher were 10 sachets of shabu worth P5,000, marked money worth P500 and a motorcycle used during the transaction.

Caliao said the suspect could be selling drugs to sustain his livelihood and to use shabu for free.

”Common na po sa kanila as a source of livelihood at the same time makalibre gamit na rin sila,” Caliao said in a text message.

Dela Torre was brought to the Cubao police station for proper disposition and filing of appropriate charges. (Editor: Jonathan P. Vicente)

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