GCQ violator caught with illegal drugs in Cardona, Rizal

By Carla Bauto Deña

CARDONA, RIZAL - A violator of the general community quarantine (GCQ) measures here was arrested after yielding illegal drugs.

Cardona Municipal Police Station / MANILA BULLETIN Cardona Municipal Police Station / MANILA BULLETIN

The Cardona Police identified the suspect as Rowren Reyes alias “Alas,” a 27-year-old fish port helper.

Reyes initially caught the attention of officers patrolling Barangay Looc after walking on the street beyond the curfew hours and without a face mask on the evening of May 18. He tried to elude arrest but was eventually collared by the police.

According to Cardona Police Chief P/Capt. Jhuner Mojares, officers found a heat-sealed sachet of white crystalline substance hidden between fabric layers of the rag he was holding. The substance later turned out to be methamphetamine hydrochloride.

The police also recovered a lighter and a piece of foil during the body search.

“Meron po tayong mga kababayan na sinasamantala ang kaabalahan ng ating mga pulis. Imbes na makipagtulungan, dun pa nila ginagawa ang illegal activities nila,” Mojares told the Manila Bulletin.

“Ipinapaalala lang po namin na kahit po ang ating kapulisan ay abala sa pag-iimplement ng mga protocol at guidelines sa ilalim ng community quarantine, mahigpit pa rin po ang ating kampanya laban sa illegal activities, kasama na ang illegal drugs,” Mojares added.

The suspect is currently detained at the Cardona Municipal Police Station Custodial Facility and is facing drug charges.