Couple nabbed in buy-bust in Quiot

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A LIVE-IN couple and their neighbor were arrested during a drug raid in Sitio Upper Yati, Barangay Quiot, Cebu City, at 9 p.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

Operatives of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Central Visayas (PDEA 7) conducted the raid that led to the arrest of Albert Piala, 38, his live-in partner Maria Elena Gimena, 40, and their neighbor Hilbert Gallendo, 46.

The couple sold rice cakes (puto) for their livelihood but allegedly sidelined as traders of illegal drugs.

PDEA 7 spokesperson Leia Alcantara said the drug raid has netted around 10 grams of substance believed to be shabu with a standard drug price of P68,000.

The suspects will face charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (BBT, TPT)