Indian national, Pinoy accomplice arrested in drug buy-bust

An Indian and his Filipino accomplice were arrested in a drug operation Tuesday night in Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City.

The suspects were identified as Indian national Gurpreet Singh and Filipino Jojo Devera.

Indian national, Pinoy accomplice arrested in drug buy-bust
Indian national, Pinoy accomplice arrested in drug buy-bust (Image from Darlene Cay)

The operation was carried out at six o’clock in the evening, Tuesday.

Police Major Melchor Rosales, chief of police at Eastwood Police Station, said they contacted Batasan Police Station when they learned that the illegal drugs in their area came from Barangay Holy Spirit.

“Nalaman po namin ‘yung mga droga dito sa aming area, sa Eastwood Police Station, ay nanggagaling po sa Barangay Holy Spirit. Kaya nag-coordinate po kami sa Batasan Police Station para mag-conduct ng operation,” said Rosales.

(We found out that the drugs in our area, at Eastwood Police Station, are coming from Barangay Holy Spirit. So we coordinated the Batasan Police Station to conduct a buy-bust operation.)

According to the initial police investigation, Devera allegedly brought drugs to Singh.

Singh allegedly would repack and sell illegal drugs in various places in Quezon City.

The suspects also used Singh’s rented house to sell the drugs.

Police seized 18 grams of suspected shabu worth P122,000, several drug paraphernalia, two .38 caliber guns, and ammunition from the suspects.

Indian national, Pinoy accomplice arrested in drug

“Maaaring ‘yan ay ‘yung sinasabing palit-bato. ‘Yan ay minsan ‘pag wala nang pambayad ng droga, ipinapalit sa droga po ‘yang mga baril,” Rosales added.

(Maybe that is what they called drug exchange. If they don’t have to buy drugs, they will exchange guns for drugs.)

The suspects will face a charge of violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and illegal possession of firearms.

Both suspects have denied the allegations against them.

Singh said, “Hindi, hindi po sa ‘kin. Ano po, nilagay lang doon… ‘Yung bahay ko, wala akong kasama. Ako talaga mag-isa doon na umuupa. Wala akong iba kasama. Kaya nga nahihirapan ako doon kasi kung sino-sino naglalabas-pasok.”

(It’s not mine, they just put it there. I’m alone at my house. I suffer there because anyone would go in and out of my house.)

Devera insisted that the police had just taken him there.

“Dinala po ako doon e. Dinala nila ako doon, ng mga pulis. Pero sa korte na lang po,” said Devera, who declined to speak further.

(They took me there. They brought me there, the police. But I’ll just talk in court.)