An Austrian and his Filipina girlfriend have been arrested in Tugeugarao City after allegedly selling marijuana to an undercover cop.
Investigators said David Sigl, aged 42, and his live-in partner, Leilanie Bartolome, 20, were nabbed inside their apartment in Ugac Norte village after they sold a 250-gram brick of the drug to an undercover agent.
According to a report in The Inquirer, the buy-bust raid came after Sigl, originally from Vienna, had been placed on the police’s drug watch list for being a dealer in the north Luzon city.
According to his Facebook account, Sigl moved to Tugeugarao City early last month. However, on the same day he also announced that he had become engaged — for the fourth time in two months.
Other than these unreliable announcements and pictures of a dog, the only other activity on his page is a short video of him dancing in his underpants to Sabrina’s 1987 hit Boys, Boys, Boys while eating aerosol cream directly from the canister.
Sigl is only the latest foreigner to be nabbed for drugs in the Philippines this year.
Last month, 38-year-old George Georgeff was among seven people arrested during a drug bust in Mabalacat City, Pampanga province. The Australian was allegedly found in the company of known “drug personalities” taking shabu, or crystal meth.
Before this, in June, a 50-year-old American was arrested on suspicion of drug dealing in Dumaguete — a little over a year after he was nabbed for the same crime. James Thomas Hobert was previously nabbed in April 2018.
However, it should be stressed that police do not always get it right. Last New Year’s Eve, a Swiss man arrested in Panglao for possessing drugs was released after a plant on his windowsill was found not to be marijuana.
Maik Kruesi, aged 32, had been detained four days earlier after neighbours reported seeing the plant growing in full view of the street.