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DENR employee nabbed in Butuan buy bust


By Ben Serrano

The Fortuns’ are now detained at the PDEA detention facility while cases for using, possession and selling of illegal drugs were filed against them. PDEA- Caraga PIO

Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the Caraga arrested a government employee in a buy-bust operation in Butuan City on Sunday.

Dindo de G. Abellanosa , spokesperson for PDEA-Caraga, said operatives nabbed Aldrich Edar Fortun, reportedly an employee of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-Caraga) after he allegedly sold a plastic sachet of “shabu” (methampetamine hydrocloride) to an undercover agent in Purok Silangan, Barangay Agusan Pequeño around 8 p.m.

The suspect yielded a small sachet of shabu weighing .5 grams, drug paraphernalia, and the marked money used for the transaction.

Arrested with Fortun on Sunday was his cousin, Mark Anthony Homarito Fortun.

The two, Abellanosa said are considered as “high value targets” who were under surveillance for several months.

Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act have been prepared against the suspects, now detained at the PDEA detention facility.

On Thursday, authorities burned more than P3.4 million worth of shabu and marijuana inside the regional headquarters of Caraga Police Regional Office-13 (PRO-13) in Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez.

The burned drugs were confiscated and held as court evidence from regional trial courts in Cabadbaran City, in Agusan del Norte; Butuan City; Tandag City, Surigao del Sur; Prosperidad, in Agusan del Sur; Bayugan City, in Agusan del Sur and Lianga, in Surigao del Sur.

The destroyed illegal drugs represented evidence from 90 decided drug cases. With reports from CLC

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