Chief, PCR Branch/ PIO, Pampanga PPO
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DATE             :       August 19, 2013

Large Quantities of Assorted Counterfeit Drugs Confiscated

          The Pampanga PPO under the leadership of PSSUPT OSCAR D ALBAYALDE, Acting Provincial Director successfully arrested a suspect involved in selling counterfeit drugs during an anti-illegal drug operation yesterday, August 18, 2013.

            In a report reaching his office, at about 11:30AM yesterday, elements of the Provincial Anti Illegal Drugs Operation Task Force (PAIDSOTF) led by PSI JOVEN DE GUZMAN JR conducted an anti-illegal drug operation at Barangay Sto Cristo, Guagua town which led to the arrest of Carmelino Lopez y Bartolo aka “Mel Bartolo”, and resident of the same barangay.

            During the raid, the operating team was able to recover from the suspect’s possession the following items:

  1. Forty (40) blister packs of Valium 10mg (Diazepam) containing 400 pieces in tablets with REG markings

  2. Thirty seven (37) blister packs of Rivotril 2mg (Clonazepam) containing 370 pieces in tablets with REG markings

  3. Seven (7) boxes of Valium 10mg (Diazepam) containing thirty five (35) pieces of ampoules of 2ml with RMV markings

  4. Several replica labels for assorted medicinal drugs

          Furthermore, recovered evidence turned out to be counterfeit drugs and considered as illegal narcotics. These items were brought to PNP Crime Laboratory 3, Camp Olivas for examination. Arrested person is currently detained at Pampanga Provincial Headquarters for proper disposition. Cases for Violation of RA 9165 and RA 8203 against the suspect are being prepared for filing at the court.

          PSSUPT ALBAYALDE personally commended the personnel of PAIDSOTF for their accomplishment and their continuous anti-illegal drug operations.