A suspected trader of illegal abortion drugs was nabbed by operatives of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)-Aklan on Tuesday afternoon in Kalibo, Aklan.
Arrested by the police was Neil Dann Baldeviso Mabaquiao, 29, a nursing graduate of 115 Lopez Jaena Street, San Isidro, Jaro, Iloilo City.
Senior Inspector John Paul Tovera, chief of CIDG-Aklan, said the suspect is involved in the rampant trade and proliferation of abortive products in Western Visayas.
Tovera said a confidential agent tipped off to CIDG-Aklan the illegal operation of Mabaquiao involving sale of Cytotec abortion pills.
Last Monday, a CIDG poseur buyer made an order to buy ten pads of Cytotec (Compridos Misoprostol 200 mcg via oral), two pads of Metyhylergometrin (Methergin) and two vials of Ceftriaxone Sodium (Fergram) powder for injection from the suspect at around 3 p.m.
The following day, the CIDG poseur buyer and the Cytotec seller, who came from Iloilo City, agreed to meet at Gaisano Capital Kalibo food court for their transactions at around 9:30 a.m.
Tovera said the suspect was immediately arrested in an entrapment operation after the police buyer handed the P32,500 including the P500 marked money in exchange for the banned pills in plain view of other CIDG operatives.
“Matagal na dati itong tinatrabaho ng operatives natin. Ginagawa ng suspect ang transactions via text at on order basis pa. Itong mga gamot ay nabibili lamang pag me resita sa doctor,” Tovera said.
Police said the abortion-inducing Cytotec drugs are being sold by Mabaquiao, who started his business in March this year, for P450 per tablet.
Other items recovered from Mabaquiao were two ampules sterile water for injection, mobile phones, syringes, and handwritten instructions on how to take the drugs for abortion.
The drugs will be subjected for examination by the local Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) to determine if the “drugs could be sold without prescription.”
Tovera said the suspect will be facing charges for violation of Section 11 of Republic Act 3720, as amended by Republic Act No. 9711 otherwise known as Food and Drug Admin Act of 2009.