Three Americans and two Britons have been arrested on suspicion of drug possession in a Cebu City hotel room.
The raid this morning (Friday, June 1) came after an arrested drug dealer, identified as Meljin Abad, identified Jake Greevy, from Sheffield, as his supplier.
Arrested alongside Greevy was fellow Briton Wayne Barry McLeney and Americans Raymond Lewis Humphries, Jeremy Michael Stevenson and Breana Austin Ulrich.
It is unclear how the suspects were known to one another, but they were well-known members of the local expatriate community.
Officers from Mabolo and Abellana police stations reported that they had seized 7.12 grams of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) and marijuana. According to the Dangerous Drugs Board, the value of the seized narcotics was 84,046 pesos, or about $1,600.
The five now face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. If convicted, they can expect lengthy prison sentences followed by deportation.
Meanwhile, in Quezon City, an Australian was among a number of suspects arrested in a series of anti-drug operations last night.
The man, who has not been named, can be seen in a television report by ABS-CBN bare chested and saying: “I’m helping someone here.”
No further details pertinent to either case are currently available. Check back here for updates.