By Danny Estacio
SAN PEDRO CITY, Laguna- An agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and his companion were arrested, and seized from them were packets of shabu, guns and ammunition by joint Laguna Intelligence branch and city police on Saturday noon, at Barangay Pacita 1, in this city.
According to the Laguna Police Provincial Office (LPPO), IO1 Richard Gaufo, PDEA agent assigned at PRO-CAR, and a resident of San Fernando City, Pampanga, was arrested together with Joseph Martin Patrick Alfonso Borjal.
At around 12 noon on Saturday, a joint team from the Laguna intelligence branch and San Pedro City police implemented a search warrant against Borjal at his residence in Barangay Pacita 1. It was also during the police operation that the group chanced upon Gaufo, who used to be assigned in the Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon (Calabarzon) region of the PDEA.
The raid yielded 10 sachets of shabu and several firearms – a Glock 22 Austria caliber 40, a Thompson machine pistol caliber .45, Norinco caliber .45 – and a huge cache of ammunition.
Also confiscated was a fake PDEA identification card issued to Borjal.
The suspects will face charges for violation of Republic Act (RA) 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and 10591, or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunitions.