Introduction and Case Description
We observed the case filed against Dan August Racaza and Hermocillo “Henie” Macaraya, who were in that time, detained. Before testifying, the witness, Alvin Clemente, a PDEA agent who was part of the team assigned to handle the case, took an oath. The witness narrated the story and said an informant went to their office located in Arlandon Street, Cebu City, about a drug dealing operation happening in Sitio Tunga, Barangay Tanke, Talisay City, relating to Dan August Racaza and Henie Macaraya. The latter was part of the PDEA Watch List containing a list of persons allegedly involved in drug trade but is yet to be confirmed. They put the accused under surveillance and planned an authorized buy-bust operation led by their team leader, Intelligence Officer 3 David Mark Maramba. Together with the informant, David briefed the team and Alvin was designated to be one of the poseur buyers. They prepared the things that will be needed for the operation like the money which was marked by Alvin’s initials. In June 21, 2012, they went to the area with 9 members including the witness. He said Racaza was standing by the door when they arrived and Macaraya was at the ground floor. The informant introduced them as his co-workers and told Racaza they’d like to “power-up”. Racaza invited them in and showed them a plastic container with different sachets of pots and shabu. Alvin bargained the sachet that costs 180 pesos to 2 for 300 pesos. Racaza and Macaraya agreed and asked him to pick what he likes. He chose 2 sachets that seemed to contain more than the rest and handed the mark money to Henie. Alvin made a signal then the team arrived and arrested the suspects. However, they fought back and a brief commotion ensued. David told the team to pull out. They recovered sachets from Racaza and another guy named Alot and the buy-bust money from Henie. These were under the custody of the witness after the operation and he marked it as “DAR-DBT”....
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