- Posted June 26, 2014 by
DAVAO CITY, Philippines
P300K worth of shabu recovered from three minor drug dealers
Three hundred thousand pesos worth of suspected shabu were recovered by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group during two buybust operations one of which happened inside a mall Wednesday evening.
CIDG agents were shocked while conducting the operation at the SM City Ecoland around eight in the evening when a nine-year old boy and a ten-year old girl handed them the bag of shabu.
In a follow-up operation at Piapi Boulevard forty-five minutes after, police operatives were again surprised when another minor. an 11-year old boy, handed them another pack of shabu.
Operatives said the minors seemed to be very knowledgeable of their actions as one of them even attempted to dispose the marked money when apprehended.
The three minors also divulged very little when asked by the investigators. It was learned that all three minors have been rescued for the same offense several times in the past. They were said to be paid a measly one hundred pesos ($2) per transaction.
The minors will be turned over to the City Social Services and Development Office while authorities plan to look into the culpability of the kids’ parents who are obviously being used by a drug syndicate as runners.
Philippines' controversial Juvenile Justice Act of 2006 has been blamed by authorities for the increasing involvement of minors in heinous crimes. The law states that children 15 years old and below ar exempted from any criminal liability.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte urged the National Government to lower the age of exemption to 12 years old.
Police authorities admitted that several minors were rescued in the past for selling illegal drugs. Just last week, a 15-year old girl was rescued for selling shabu to a poseur-buyer.