MAKATI CITY - Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay commended the Makati Police Department for the arrest of two suspected drug dealers and seizure of about P1.5-million worth of party drugs in police operations conducted Monday at Cityland Dela Rosa Tower 9 in Barangay Pio del Pilar.
“I commend the Makati police led by PSSupt. Rogelio Simon for their relentless anti-drug campaign that has led to numerous arrests, including the two college students arrested in a condominium yesterday,” Binay said in a statement on Tuesday.
The city mayor is also appealing condominium and condotel owners and managers to be vigilant against any illicit activity such as drug dealing taking place inside their buildings.
“I am calling on all condominium and condotel owners and managers in Makati to keep a tight watch on the goings-on in their buildings. It is their duty to promptly notify the authorities of any suspicious activities of their tenants, and cooperate in the conduct of police operations,” she added.
Based on reports, the police nabbed 24-year-old Adriel Ryoichi Suzuki at Unit 736 of Cityland 9 during a follow-up operation conducted on March 18 after the driver of a Grab Angkas who was allegedly asked by the suspect to deliver a package for him somewhere in Bonifacio Global City, instead turned it over to the police at the Police Community Precinct (PCP) 3 of Makati.
Upon inspection, the package yielded seven pieces of suspected ecstacy tablets.
The police then coordinated with the Cityland 9 management and raided Suzuki’s unit, promptly arresting him after finding illegal drugs in plain view.
While conducting an inventory of the drugs, the police intercepted a text message to Suzuki from a suspected cohort informing him he was about to deliver ecstacy to his unit.
The police subsequently nabbed another suspect, 23-year-old Ralph Jeffrey Tulio Esteban.
Investigation revealed Suzuki and Esteban are both college students in private schools in Manila. They allegedly admitted that they were selling the party drugs to their schoolmates.
As of writing, both suspects are set for inquest proceedings, according to the Makati police.
From January to March 15 this year, the Makati police have arrested a total of 267 suspects of drug-related offenses, consisting of 217 users and 50 pushers. Illegal drugs worth P376,560.80 were also confiscated during the operations.
Last year, the Makati police arrested over 600 suspects, including eight out of the Top 10 Most Wanted in the city.