Boracay habal-habal driver arrested for drugs

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Habal-habal driver by day, marijuana peddler by night.

This was how police described Jovanie Toquero, 37, who they arrested in his house in Boracay Island following a police anti-drug operation on Aug. 2.

Police said Toquero, a resident of Barangay Manoc-Manoc, sold dried marijuana leaves worth P600 to an undercover operative (

Recovered from him were dried marijuana leaves in five Ziplock bags, P600 buy bust money, and a glass pipe. Toquero admitted that he is into the illegal drug trade.

He named his supplier as a certain Nico, a native of Taguig City, who temporarily stays in the island.

Toquero said he thought of selling methamphetamine (shabu) after he noticed that several tourists, especially foreigners, are looking for it.

Malay town police chief Police Major Jess Baylon said Toquero had also been the suspect of several robbery and theft incidents victimizing tourists in Boracay.