Ret. US Air Force nabbed in drug buy bust

Police arrested two persons, including a retired member of the United States Air Force, in a buy bust operation which resulted in the discovery of marijuana greenhouse in Taguig City on Thursday.

Scene of the crime operatives conduct an inventory of the seized high grade marijuana plants following an drug buy bust operation by the NCRPO Regional Drug Enforcement Unit at a condominium in Barangay Ususan, Taguig City Thursday night. Norman Cruz
Metro Manila police director Maj. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. identified the suspects as Raul Antonio Cisneros and his common-law wife Meljie Maquiling, 28.

Members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency conducted the operation at the Royal Palm Residence on Acacia Estates in Barangay Ususan.

Danao said the entrapment came following intelligence information on the illegal cultivation of cannabis in the suspects’ condominium unit.

A week-long surveillance operation was also conducted prior to the entrapment which confirmed that the suspects were using the unit as a marijuana greenhouse.

The suspects were arrested after selling three plastic sachets containing dried kush (high-grade marijuana) in exchange for P5,000 marked money.

Also seized from the suspects were P2.2 million worth of kush and shabu worth P95,000.

Also recovered during the operation were pots of marijuana plants and several pieces of equipment.

Cisneros was previously arrested and charged with possession of ecstasy tablets by the Taguig City police in 2019.

Danao said the suspects are connected to drug dealers operating in south Metro Manila and Southern Tagalog.

The suspects will be charged with violation of Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Topics: United States Air Force , Taguig City , Vicente Danao Jr , Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency
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