Surfing instructor nabbed in buy-bust ops in Siargao

By Mike Crismundo

BUTUAN CITY – A surfing instructor in the internationally known “Cloud 9” in Siargao Island was apprehended in a buy-bust operation conducted by elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region13, Surigao del Norte Provincial Office, General Luna Municipal Police Station and Surigao del Norte Police Provincial Office Drug Enforcement Unit last week, Dindo Abellanosa, regional information officer of PDEA 13 said.

Under the close supervision of PDEA 13 Regional Director Aileen T. Lovitos, Abellanosa told The Manila Bulletin on Monday that the suspect, identified as Patrick N. Arjona, 29, surfing instructor and resident of Barangay Catangnan, General Luna town of that same island, was arrested in a buy bust operation on Thursday evening (November 21).

The joint drug enforcement team seized a heat sealed transparent plastic sachet of shabu, with street value of P10,000; the P1,000-peso buy-bust money and a cellular phone, Abellanosa said.

He said a case for violation of Section 5, Article II of RA 9165 will be filed in court today against the arrested suspect.