By Richy Nalagon
A female teenager used as illegal drugs courier was arrested by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in a buy-bust operation, Monday night in Purok 6, Barangay Ising, Carmen, Davao Del Norte.
Noli Dimaandal, PDEA 11 spokesperson identified the arrested teenager as Judie Oquias Sugatan, 18, a resident of Purok 4, Barangay Sta. Maria, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley province.
Dimaandal said Sugatan sold to a PDEA undercover agent ten grams of suspected shabu valued up to P120,000.
Operatives also confiscated from Sugatan a cellular phone and the buy-bust marked money.
Dimaandal confirmed Sugatan was being used as a drug courier of an illegal drug supplier in the area.
“Ginagamit na sya nga drug courier and the same time transporter sa mga illegal drugs,” Dimaandal said.
Sugatan in an interview with Mirror admitted she started selling illegal drugs at the age of 16. She stopped the activity for some time but returned to selling resulting to her arrest.
“Sixteen pa ko nagsugod ug gamit hangtud nag-try ko ug baligya, then last year nag undang ko, karon rako nibalik,” Sugatan said.
She said she needs money for she will be marrying the father of his two-year-old son this December.
She said, the shabu confiscated from her possession came from his friend who told her to sell the item to their contacts.
Dimaandal said Sugatan will be facing a case in violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Law.
Since October 10, 2017, PDEA 11 has conducted 39 operations, arrested 42 persons and confiscated about 55.91 grams of illegal drugs amounting to about P900,000.