Makati police conducts search on bar-turned-drug den

MANILA Makati police authorities on Thursday served a search warrant on a bar that was raided by law enforcement authorities over the weekend.

Named in the search warrant issued by the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) were the registered owners and managers of Times Bar along Makati Ave., Makati City.

The warrant was handed down after the court found probable cause for charges of maintenance of a drug den and upon the judge's examination under oath of Chief Insp. Gideon Ines Jr., Assistant Chief of Police for Operations.

Named in the warrant were Rico Rene G. Blanco, Cynthia Primero, Ma. Amparo Marcalinas, Reyan Ladrillo, Burton Joseph Server III, and Danilo Regino.

The warrant covered a search for ecstasy, party drugs, shabu, marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia kept in two vaults inside the room of Regino at the second floor of the bar.

On Saturday, a raid at the bar yielded a number of drugs, among them 19 pieces of ecstasy (four tablets and 15 capsules) valued at PHP142,500, some 18 sachets of cocaine valued at PHP1.57 million, and a sachet of kush.

During the buy-bust operation, 31 employees of the bar, 57 foreigners and 63 local guests were invited for questioning but were released later. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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