Online Seller Arrested for Illegally Selling Wildlife Species in Valenzuela City
Police authorities arrested an online seller for allegedly illegally selling wildlife species in Valenzuela City.
In Valenzuela City, Maritime Police officers launched a buy-bust operation against a suspected internet vendor of animal species. The defendant was apprehended after selling to a police officer who posed as a buyer during a police operation.
The arrested suspect was identified as Ronnel Agapito, 29, of Capitis Compound, Barangay Viente Reales, by P/Major Robert Alvin Gutierrez, chief of the Northern NCR Maritime Police Station.
According to Major Gutierrez, they conducted a coordinated operation against the suspect with employees from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
They conducted business with the suspect on Saint Peter Ave, Barangay Veinte Reales, after learning that he was reportedly selling wildlife species. PCpl Joey Velarde, who served as a poseur buyer, was able to interact with Agapito over messenger using the account “Otipaga lennor.”
The officer paid P13,000 for two “Green Cheek Conure” birds. The squad promptly approached the suspect after he accepted the designated money from the poseur-buyer in return for the two birds. After that, the officers identified themselves and arrested the culprit.
When officials searched for the required documentation proving his permission for the sale of wildlife species, he was unable to produce any, thus the police were called. Two “Green Cheek Conures”, 13 pieces of P1,000 boodle money, and a cellphone were confiscated from the suspect, according to PCMS Richard Denopol and Pat Rinces Joy Pascua.
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