By Liezle Basa Iñigo
CAMP ADDURU, TUGUEGARAO CITY– A high-value target (HVT) and four other drug personalities including a former barangay kagawad were arrested in separate police operations on July 17, 2018.
Police Regional Office 2 in its intensified campaign against illegal drugs nabbed Mark Obena, 20 years old, electrician and resident of Purok 2, Brgy. Mabini, Santiago City for selling 1 pack of dried marijuana leaves weighing 600 grams to a PDEA agent who acted as a buyer on July 17 at 7:50 pm.
Confiscated from the suspect were the buy-bust money.
Next to be arrested on the same day by Solana Police and PDEA Region 2 Southern Cagayan in buy-bust operation was Efren P Balubal, former Barangay Kagawad of Centro Northwest Solana, Cagayan, for selling one sachet containing suspected to be “shabu”.
The PNP also recovered one sachet containing shabu, the buy-bust money, 1 unit of black & white Honda XRM and one Cal. 38 loaded with 2 pieces live ammunition.
Meanwhile, three drug personalities were arrested in separate drug buy-bust operations in Cagayan Valley. Those arrested were identified as Bernardo Javier, 58, married, a resident of Rosario, Santiago City; Ariel Sabado, 29, married, construction worker, a resident of Centro, Sta. Ana, Cagayan, and Jerry Galande, 31, a resident of Brgy. Masoc, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.
Jose Mario Espino said a case for Violation of RA 9165 is now being prepared for filing against the suspects while another case for Violation of RA 10591 was filed against the arrested high-value target.