Newsman’s son arrested in marijuana buy-bust operation

Police authorities who arrested the son of a newsman in a buy-bust Friday night for suspected marijuana peddling are ready to face any “brutality probe” on claims they assaulted him when he resisted arrest.

Insp. Mark Anthony Maceda of the Puerto Princesa City Police Office (PPCPO) Station 2 said Saturday morning that 19-year old Joey Jeffrey Mirasol, whom they arrested in a marijuana buy-bust, was “violent” and was the one who first attacked their team member.

He stated that wounds on Joey Jeffrey’s face were due to the police’s application of “essential force” to stop him from fighting back.

“Nanlaban siya, so noong nagkaroon na nang habulan, ng komosyon, dahil nga nakainom itong si Joey Jeffrey, pinagmumura niya kaming mga pulis doon. At after noong di na kami pinagmumura, sinuntok niya pa ýong isa sa mga tropa namin. So kami, para mai-pin down siya, binigyan namin ng necessary force. Kaya nagkaroon siya ng mga tama talaga,” Maceda said.

Joey Jeffrey is the son of Jose Maria “Joey” Mirasol, president of Greentellect Publishing, Inc. (GPI) that prints a weekly newspaper and also a known critic of the city government.

Joey Jeffrey was nabbed around 10:35 p.m. on November 30 near his home in Purok Pagkakaisa, Barangay San Pedro, for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.”

“May informant kami na itong si Joey Jeffrey [ay] nagtutulak ng marijuana so nag-conduct kami ng buy-bust at nahuli namin siya sa WESCOM,” said Maceda.

Maceda added the buy-bust resulted in the recovery of one self-sealing transparent plastic sachet that contains dried marijuana leaves estimated to have a street value of P500.

When asked by Palawan News about the circumstances surrounding his arrest, Joey Jeffrey refused to give any further information unless advised by his lawyer.

“May lawyer muna bago ako magsasalita. Okay lang ano… i-wait ko na lang ang lawyer ko,” he said. He confirmed he was arrested just near their home in San Pedro.

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