ORMOC CITY, Feb 26 — Agents of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Eastern Visayas armed with search warrants arrested two brothers in Isabel town after yielding several sachets of suspected prohibited drugs in a simultaneous search at the suspects respective residences 5 p.m. Monday.
Handcuffed were Lumar and Luigi Lara, 34 and 37 years old, respectively, neighbors in San Roque village, Isabel, both married and jobless.
SO2 Frederick J. Ocaña, team leader said the siblings were subjected to months of surveillance and test-buy prior to the operation that also established utilizing their homes as drug den.
While Luigi confirmed he owned the seized seven small sachets and one plastic containing residue of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, Lumar was in full denial possessing the three small sachets of suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia grabbed by the agents inside his room.
The two search warrants were issued by Executive Judge Tarcelo Sabarre of RTC Branch 30, Basey, Samar to evade possible leakage of information.
Both suspects expressed repentance having been involved in the illegal trading that they claimed had started when they lost jobs as helpers from the towns big company after typhoon Yolanda so as to sustain the family needs.
Their widowed 74-year old mother cried when her sons were arrested saying it was what she scared for. And in fact many times she tried to stop them.
Village chairman Alberto Batain said he called the Lara siblings a week ago and advised them to stop the prohibited activities.
SO2 Ocaña believed the arrest of the Lara brothers would at least create fear to those who engage illegal dealing and thus reducing drug dens.
The street value of the seized items was pegged at P5,000.
The elder sibling is charged for violations of sections 6 and 11 while the younger one for sections 6, 11 and 12 of Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (PNA)