A joint operation of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Region 10 and Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO) yesterday arrested Atty. Mario Jay Pielago, chief legal officer of Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR-10), while in the act of sniffing suspected shabu in his house at RER Subdivision, Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City.
PDEA-10 Regional Director Wilkins Villanueva said the team was armed with a search warrant issued by Judge Mirabeaus Undalok, of Branch 43 in Gingoog City. The 53-year old Pielago is considered a high value target.
His arrest coincided with the visit of DAR secretary John Castriciones who said that the suspect tested positive for drug use during DAR-10’s surprise drug test held last December 2017.
Found in Pielago’s possession were three medium sized sachets of shabu with street value of more or less P75,000.00 and other drug paraphernalia.