TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Jan. 16 (PIA) -- Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Cagayan Valley scored anew this year after the arrest of five high-value targets (HVT) in the region recently.
Louella Tomas, information officer, said PDEA agents seized on Monday, Jan. 14, marijuana leaves and stalks weighing MOL 1000 grams during a drug buy-bust operation at barangay Pigattan in Alcala town.
Tomas said the PDEA agents, together with officials of the Philippine National Police in Alcala town, have confiscated one brick wrapped with brown masking tape and newspaper containing suspected marijuana leaves and stalks weighing MOL 1000 grams with estimated street price of P8,500 during the operation.
Tomas said arrested during the operation were: John Derick Gan y Pasilabban, resident of Maura Aparri , Cagayan; Joeffer Cream Palatan y Torda, 17, resident of Tallungan. Aparri, Cagayan, and Nick Jerwin Nicolas y Centeno, 15, resident of Centro 7, Aparri, Cagayan. The three were among the HVT that the PDEA operative had been casing.
A case for violation of Section 5 (Sale) of RA 9165 is being prepared for filling in court against the suspects.
On the same day, Tomas said joint elements of the PDEA RO2 and Santiago City Police Office in a buy-bust operation at Purok 4, Plaridel, Santiago City, Isabela collared Romeo Corpuz Salazar (HVT, Targetlisted), fish vendor, single, 48 and a resident of Rasario, Santiago City; Elizabeth Mallari Talplacido, 51, and resident of Brgy. Cojuangco, Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija; and Rowena Braga Camacho, 37, cashier and resident of Loma De Gato, Marilao, Bulacan.
Confiscated during the operation were one piece of small heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu weighing more or less 1 gram with estimated market value of P8,000.
Cases for violation of Section 5 in relation to Sec 26 par (b) of Art II of RA 9165 are being prepared for filing.
Meanwhile, evening of January 15, joint elements of the PDEA RO2 and Gonzaga Police Station conducted buy-bust operation at Purok Saranay, Brgy. Baua, Gonzaga, Cagayan which resulted in the arrest of Joe Garcia y Taloza (HVT Target Listed), 44, tricycle driver and resident of Purok Saranay, Brgy. Baua, Gonzaga, Cagayan.
Confiscated during the operation was one piece of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected to be Methamphetamine Hydrochloride also known as Shabu weighing MOL .06 gram.
The arrested suspect and the seized pieces of evidence are now in the custody PDEA2 office for proper disposition. (MDCT/With reports from PDEA-2/PIA 2-Cagayan)