By Aaron Recuenco
A 20-year old aspiring lawman landed in a police station not in the way he expected following a buy-bust on Sunday in Pavia town, Iloilo where some P6.3 million worth of shabu was seized.
Brig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan, director of the Western Visayas regional police, said the confiscated shabu was the biggest drug haul so far on Panay Island.
He identified the arrested suspect as John Rey Nosotros, a first year Criminology student.
Pamuspusan said Nosotros was arrested along with his 42-year old mother Jennifer at around 6 p.m. Saturday in Barangay Ungka in Pavia town.
The mother-and-son suspects are both residents of Barangay Buntala in Jaro, Iloilo City.
Pamuspusan said Jennifer is a sister of a convicted drug peddler who is currently detained at the New Bilibid Prisons.
Jennifer’s convicted brother, identified as Jovan Abantao, is included in the High-Value Target list of the police intelligence community.
“The operation was a result of a buy-bust in front of a mall in Pavia town,” said Pamuspusan.
Seized from them were two big sachets containing more or less 500 grams of shabu, 11 medium-size sachets containing 300 grams of shabu each, P75,000 in buy-bust money, and several drug paraphernalia.
In a separate police operation, Lalaide Ereno was collared after she yielded some P1.1 million of shabu at around 1 a.m. on Monday in Barangay Calaparan in Iloilo City.