A Russian father and son have been arrested in Angeles City on suspicion of selling ecstasy on Fields Avenue.
Joint operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAF) snared the pair during a raid in Barangay Malabanias on Saturday (June 23).
The two men were identified as Vladislav Rozhdestvensky, aged 64, registered as a resident of Santa Monica, California, and Boris Mabonga Rozhdestvensky, 23, a resident of nearby Mabalacat City.
According to PDEA regional director Gil Pabilona, Vladislav and Boris sold various types of illegal drugs, in particular so-called ‘party drugs’ such as ecstasy.
Pabilona said the two suspects were arrested after allegedly selling drugs to a police officer who was posing as a buyer during a buy-bust operation in the Fields Avenue red light zone.
“The suspects are categorised as high value targets because they are foreign nationals. During their arrest, assorted illegal drugs were recovered from their possession,” Pabilona added.
Seized from the suspects were 27 ecstasy tablets worth 54,000 pesos, one gram of cocaine worth 5,800 pesos and five grams of marijuana leaves with an estimated value of 600 pesos. The marked bank notes used in the entrapment operation were also recovered.
The father and son are now detained at the PDEA detention facility in Angeles City. They have been charged for violation of Section 5 (sale of dangerous drugs) and section 11 (possession of dangerous drugs) of Republic Act 9165.