PDEA 10 arrested DAR chief legal officer “in the act of sniffing drugs”

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 10 led by Director Wilkins Villanueva arrested the chief legal officer of Department of Agrarian Reform 10, while in the act of sniffing suspected shabu in his house at RER Subdivision, Cagayan de Oro City.

Villanueva identified the suspect as Atty. Mario Jay Pielago, Chief Legal Officer of DAR 10.

Armed with search warrant, issued by Judge Mirabeaus Undalok, of Branch 43, Gingoog City, Villanueva along with members of Cagayan de Oro City police, entered the house at about 10:40, January 24, 2018.

PDEAD 10 director Wilkins Villanueva entering the house of DAR 10 Chief Legal Officer Mario Jay Pielago.-PDEA photo

He is considered to be a high value target.

Pielago was alone in the house, “We caught him in the act of sniffing shabu,” Villanueva described. He told Newsline.ph “His name surfaced long ago, but we cannot secure a search warrant because the family is well connected.”

Also found in Pielago’s possession were three medium sachets of shabu with street value of more or less P75,000.00 and other drug paraphernalia.

“With his profile, we suspect that some big names are his cohorts.” Villanueva said.

Charges will be filed before the Cagayan de Oro City Prosecutors Office.-Editha Z. Caduaya/Newsline.ph

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