The physician who was caught in a buy bust operation in Butuan City has tested negative for drug use.
But Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Caraga spokesperson Dindo Abellanosa said the negative drug test result does not entirely get Dr. Guillermo Almacen off the hook.
The drug test was conducted on the suspect immediately after his arrest last night.
Abellanosa said although negative results of a test cleared Almacen of suspicion of drug use, the doctor would still face charges which include violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, particularly Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs) –a non-bailable offense.
“Mere use of a drug and his possession and the selling of shabu are different offenses,” Abellanosa told the Courier.
The PDEA reported the arrest of Almacen,47, who is an specialists in Aesthetic Medicine during the operation conducted at around 6:50 p.m. along Pili Drive in Barangay Lapu-Lapu Thursday, July 18.
Abellanosa said PDEA agents seized from Almacen about 8 grams of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” with an estimated market value of P54,400.
Aside from shabu, operatives also confiscated from him a cellular phone and the marked money used in the operation.
Almacen, who was considered a high-value target by the PDEA had been subjected to monitoring for almost a month allegedly for drugs, according to Abellanosa.
But Almacen vehemently denied involvement with the drug trade.
He is now detained at the PDEA jail facility in Butuan City. By CLC