Cops raid Makati Bar owned by Rivermaya vocalist for allegedly serving as drug den to its customers


Members of the Southern Police District on Saturday conducted a random nighttime raid on Makati Avenue’s the Times Bar where authorities found several drug paraphernalia and other illegal drugs inside the bar’s premises. 19 sachets, believed to be cocaine, where recovered along with 19 capsules of ecstasy, 4 ecstasy tablets, a sachet of hybrid marijuana, a .38 – caliber revolver, 5 rounds of ammunition, and a buy – bust money amounting to P 22,500.00. Police reports said the cocaine weighed 315 grams with a street value of P1.5 Million while 19 pieces of ecstasy was estimated P22,800.00. National Capital Region Police Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar said the party drugs were found inside the 2nd floor vault of the establishment allegedly co – owned by Rivermaya band’s vocalist Rico Blanco along with Cynthia Primero, Ma. Amparo Marcalinas, Reyas Ladrilio, Burton Joseph Server 3rd, and Danilo Regino. The raid was based on a search warrant issued by the Makati City Trial court, according to Eleazar. He also said it is only one of the many raids they could conduct to ensure that establishments such as the Times Bar remains drug – free.

Rico Blanco / Photo from PEP.ph 

“We are reviewing our agreement and we will be conducting dialogues on the different management of bars and other entertainment establishments in Metro Manila and it will be spearheaded by different district directors,” the Police Chief said. “I hope this will give a stern warning not just to different establishments of bars in Metro Manila but also for the customers availing the services of these establishments to be responsible enough,” he added. Eleazar recommended permanent closure of the Times as it allegedly became a drug den while Rico Blanco and co – owners will face raps in violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Acts of 2002. 31 of the bar’s workers were reportedly arrested in a previous police operation and will now face drug trafficking charges. Authorities invited its 123 guests, including 57 foreigners for questioning but was later released.
Cops raid Makati Bar owned by Rivermaya vocalist for allegedly serving as drug den to its customers Cops raid Makati Bar owned by Rivermaya vocalist for allegedly serving as drug den to its customers Reviewed by Taong Grasa on August 17, 2018 Rating: 5

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