A 32-year-old marijuana pusher was arrested by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) following a buy-bust operation in Davao del Sur in the early morning of December 24, 2011, Christmas Eve.
PDEA Director General Undersecretary Jose S. Gutierrez, Jr. identified the suspect as Denmark Abellana, alias Den-den, a resident of Ipil-ipil Drive, Lapu-lapu- Bataan Street, Barangay Aplaya, Digos City.
Gutierrez said that elements of Davao del Sur Provincial Drug Enforcement Office (DSPDEO), in collaboration with the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operations Task Force (PAIDSOTF) and Digos Police apprehended Abellana on his own turf, after he sold one small pack of marijuana fruiting tops, weighing approximately 10 grams to an undercover PDEA agent who acted as poseur-buyer.
After further search, operatives recovered from Abellana an additional one large pack and 25 small packs of semi-dried marijuana fruiting tops, individually wrapped in a newspaper, weighing more or less 500 grams.
Abellana is now facing charges for violation of Section 5 (sale of dangerous drugs) and Section 11 (possession), Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. He is presently detained at Digos City Police Station. Evangeline DJ Almenario, Chief, Public Information Office, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency