Tricycle driver nabbed for allegedly peddling shabu in El Nido

Suspected shabu pusher Geramel Magalona Gimenez (wearing a yellow shirt) during his arrest on Friday night, March 22, in Barangay Corong-Corong, El Nido. Shown talking to him in this photo is Police Major Thirz Starky Timbancaya (2nd from rigth) of the El Nido MPS. (Photo courtesy of Police Maj. Thirz Starky Timbancaya)


A tricycle driver was arrested Friday in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Corong-Corong, El Nido, for allegedly peddling shabu.

A police spot report obtained by Palawan News from Police Major Thirz Starky Timbancaya, chief of the El Nido Municipal Police Station (MPS), identified the suspect as Geramel Magalona Gimenez, 26, and a resident of Barangay Villa Libertad.

He was arrested around 10:35 p.m. while allegedly in the act of selling shabu.

The confiscated heat-sealed sachets believed to be containing shabu. (Photo courtesy of Police Maj. Thirz Starky Timbancaya)

The buy-bust operation was launched against him by a joint team of police personnel and drug agents from the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The spot report said Gimenez is among the eight individuals who are on the PDEA list.

The item purchased by an asset from him during the buy-bust was a piece of heat-sealed sachet with suspected shabu, 18 more during the search, the marked money, and several drug paraphernalia.

The spot report stated further that his arrest happened in front of the view deck along the national highway.

Gimenez is now under the custody of the El Nido MPS while a criminal complaint is being prepared against him for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

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