5 party drug suppliers fall

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THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested five persons who allegedly
manufactured and peddled party drugs.

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The five were arrested Tuesday evening at a posh condominium in Parañaque City.
The NBI said the group’s “customers” include showbiz personalities who allegedly frequent their condo units to pick up ecstasy or cocaine, among other synthetic drugs which they manufacture in a kitchen-type laboratory.

Those arrested were Sergeoh Villanueva, Marc Deen, Erica Valbuena,Thomas Halili and Martin Dimacali. Confiscated from them were drug paraphernalia, various illegal drugs like marijuana, cocaine, valium, Chinese viagra, ecstacy, and other synthetic drugs which investigators classified as “new psycho active substances.”

The suspects will be charged with violation of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The suspects were traced after the arrest of Joshua Habalo, 35, one of the organizers of the Close Up Forever Summer Concert at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City where five party-goers died. Another concert organizer, Joshua Habalo, was arrested in Pasay City.

Joel Tovera, head of the NBI’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Division, said his men pursued the lead given by a “politician from the south” who admitted that his son had confessed that a certain group maintaining a kitchen laboratory in Parañaque was the supplier of party drugs.

Tovera said the five suspects flushed down in the toilet some of their drug cache, mostly in tablet form.

The NBI official said the agency will also investigate the celebrities being linked to the drug syndicate.

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