Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) arrested three people, including two Ni-Vanuatu, in an entrapment operation conducted late last week in Dasmariñas, Cavite.
PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr. identified the suspects as Eduardo Gocotano Jr., 28, a resident of Dasmariñas City, Vire Solomon, 19, and Gibson Tari, 25.
Solomon and Tari are citizens of the Republic of Vanuatu, an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean. The two are also students and residents of Barangay Langkaan, Dasmariñas City, Cavite.
The trio fell into the hands of PDEA Regional Office 4A under Director Jeffrey Bangsa during an entrapment operation conducted along Congressional Avenue, Pasong Lawin, Dasmariñas City on June 27 at around 4:30 a.m.
Confiscated from the suspects were a brick of dried marijuana leaves, 12 plastic sachets containing marijuana, a bottle of suspected Psilocybine, popularly known as Magic Mushroom, and a smoking pipe.
“Psilocybine, a hallucinogenic substance found in certain types of mushrooms, is included in Schedule I of the 1971 United Nations Single Convention on Psychotropic Substances as enumerated in Republic Act [RA] 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002,” Cacdac said, adding that like any hallucinogen, the illegal drug has the ability to distort one’s perception of reality.
Reports revealed that the three suspects were selling the substances, particularly marijuana, to students and foreigners alike in a resto-bar in the vicinity of La Salle-Dasmariñas along Congressional Avenue, Pasong Lawin, Dasmariñas, Cavite.
Cases for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 12 (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia), Article II, of RA 9165, are being prepared for filing before the City Prosecutors’ Office of Dasmariñas City against the suspects.