2 Marines nabbed in shabu buy- bust PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 September 2014 11:45

Two enlisted personnel of the Philippine Marines were arrested during a buy-bust operation in Barangay San Jose District, Pagadian City last Wednesday.

Nabbed were Cpl. Ryan Monterel Depuno and PFC Silvano Caindoy. They were arrested by men of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Force (PAIDSOTF) led by Sr. Insp. Rommel Gabriel Etbew, chief PAIDSOTF and personnel of the Pagadian City Police Station. Confiscated from their possession were 14 small heat sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance believed to shabu, .a 45 caliber pistol with two magazines loaded with 19 rounds of ammunition and P500 marked money.

The arrested soldiers were detained at Camp Abelon while appropriate charges for violation of Sections 5 and 11 of Article 2 of R.A. 9165 and R.A. 10591 have been filed against them in court.

Meanwhile, men of the Siay Police Station led by Sr. Insp. Paul Andrew Sible Cortes under the supervision of Sr. Supt. Robert Roy Bahian, Sibugay police chief, conducted a buy-bust operation at Purok 2, Barangay Balagon, Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay resulting in the arrest of Nolito Tanzo Y Altijar, 46, married.

Recovered from his possession were three heat sealed transparent plastic containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu, P500 marked money and drug paraphernalia.

The suspect was detained at the police station for filing of charges in court.

In Zamboanga City, a 30-year-old man in possession of suspected shabu was nabbed at a police checkpoint in Labuan last Thursday.

Arrested was Mark Sioco of Limpapa.

Sioco’s arrest came after Labuan police received an information the Barangay Intelligence Network regarding Sioco’s transporting of shabu from Recodo to Limpapa aboard a motorcycle.

Immediately an alert police team led by Janver Cabataña put up a checkpoint along the Labuan highway where Sioco stopped and inspected. He yielded three plastic sachets containing white crystaliine substance  believed to shabu.

Sioco was arrested and the three sachets were seized.

In Surigao City, police seized at least P7 million worth of shabu in a raid Tuesday night involving suspected drug pushers from Iligan City and Lanao del Norte, whom police believe are using minors as drug couriers.

The arrest came shortly after a search warrant was issued by Judge Eduardo S. Casals of Butuan City.

A total of 190 big sachets of suspected shabu weighing almost a kilo were taken from four persons identified as Alex Saliling, 23, from Iligan City; Norayna Saliling, 22; Nyrma Teves, 22, and Aida Pascan, 21, both from Lanao del Norte.

Insp. Joel D. Cabanes, head of the intelligence unit of the Surigao City police force who spearheaded the arrest, said at least seven minors are also involved in the illegal trade in the city.

The arrest took place at Purok 4, Barangay Lipata here just a few meters away from the Caraga Regional Police Training Center.

Aside from the sachets of shabu, 10 units of cellphones, P44,912 in cash, one laptop, one electronic weighing scale, deposit slips, and log books were seized.

Cabanes told reporters Wednesday afternoon that the suspects were very elusive, renting from one place to another.

He said this group was in their target list. “We finally got them,” he added.

Cabanes said that based on the bank deposit slips they confiscated, the suspects were able to send P2.1 million to Cebu City and Lanao del Norte just this month.

He did not divulge the name of the recipients, saying he might violate the Bank Secrecy Law.

But Cabanes said he will submit the names to their counterparts in Cebu and Lanao.

He pointed out that during their surveillance period, they found out that the suspects were using minors as couriers of illegal drugs to their clients.

The seven minors aged 7 to 15, he said, are now in the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). But he said that aside from the minors serving as couriers, two infants and two children aged 4 and 5 were also brought to the DSWD because they were at the suspects’ place during the raid.

Surigao City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas thanked the police for doing their best, adding that curbing the illegal drug trade is among his administration’s priorities.

He said that since assuming office in 2010, the police has already conducted 55 arrests. He said he does not hesitate giving additional financial support to the police force so they could run after pushers better. – Dan Toribio Jr. with report from MindaNews