Authorities working on deportation of 2 Koreans nabbed for illegal drugs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 August) — Authorities will work on the deportation of two Korean nationals who were arrested for selling illegal drugs during a joint buy-bust operation here at around 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 spokesperson Police Major Jason Baria said on Sunday the police would coordinate with the Bureau of Immigration and the Embassy of The Republic of Korea in Manila for the deportation of the two foreign drug suspects.

“It is part of the process in coordination with Bureau of Immigration and the Korean embassy,” Baria said in a text message.

In a report released by the Police Regional Office 11 on Saturday evening, the suspects were identified as 43-year old Minsoo Park and 37-year old Keven Lee, both residing temporarily in Barangay Sto. Niño, Tugbok District. Both were caught after selling shabu to a police officer who acted as a buyer.

Presently under the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation, the two Koreans will also face charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Recovered from their possession are 3.5 grams of suspected shabu with estimated street value of 15,000 pesos, buy-bust money worth 1,000 pesos and a white Mazda vehicle.

Poilce Brig. Gen Marcelo Morales, PRO-Davao Regional Director, said the suspects had been under surveillance for three months following a tip from an informer on their illegal drug transactions.

“Nevertheless, this is the result of the hard work of our operatives and other law enforcement agencies,” he said. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)