Drug suspects waive rights

AN ALLEGED “big time” drug pusher and his three companions who were earlier arrested during a buy-bust operation waived their rights to a preliminary hearing on Monday morning.

Walid B. Ansao, 33, a resident of Block 38, Vamenta Subdivision in Opol town, Misamis Oriental, is facing charges for selling illegal drugs, maintaining a drug den, and possessing illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Ansao waived his right to a preliminary hearing before the City Prosecutor’s Office.

Those who also waived their rights were Ansao’s co-accused identified as Deo Bermejo, 19; Alvin Colinares, 35; and Arn Maul, 22, all residents of Vamenta Subdivision.

An agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) who requested not to be named told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that a preliminary investigation will be held on September 21, where the four accused and the arresting agents of PDEA will face before the prosecutor who handles the case.

“We already expected that they will counter the charges we filed against them since the Walids are influential,” the agent said.

The four suspects temporarily remained at the PDEA’s mini cell and will stay within 15 to 20 days.

Ansao and three other suspects were arrested by PDEA in a buy-bust operation on September 3 in Opol town.

PDEA Regional Director Roberto Opeña said at least 60 grams of believed to be shabu (methamphetamine) worth P500,000 was seized from Ansao.

Also confiscated were a weighing scale, cellular phone, 25 large transparent plastic sachets with shabu residue, drug paraphernalia and white multi-cab vehicle.

Opeña said the arrest of Ansao stemmed after a month-long monitoring.

Ansao is allegedly one of the “big-time” drug pushers in Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro.

PDEA also discovered that Ansao remitted the proceeds of illegal drugs to several high profile personalities in Marawi, Lanao del Sur, one of whom is his alleged cousin who is a Provincial Board member in the area, based on several deposit slips recovered from his possession.

During investigation, Ansao strongly denied the accusation and claimed he invested his money with the controversial Coco Rasuman through a pyramid scheme. (Annabelle L. Ricalde)

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