SK chairman nabbed for selling marijuana in Isabela

Published March 27, 2021, 3:03 PM

by Liezle Basa Iñigo

CABATUAN, Isabela – A Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) chairman was arrested in a buy-bust operation after almost a year of police surveillance in Barangay Saranay here Friday.

Police Major Fresiel A. dela Cruz, chief of police here, identified the suspect as Joren Palomeno, 24, of Barangay Centro, this town.

Dela Cruz said he and his men, together with agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 2 (Cagayan Valley), cuffed the suspect after he was caught selling marijuana contained in a transparent plastic sachet to a poseur-buyer.

During body search, the operatives seized from him a P500 bill used as buy-bust money, two more sachets of dried marijuana leaves, and a mobile phone placed in his sling bag.

His source of marijuana was in Tabuk, Kalinga, according to police.

Dela Cruz said the SK chairman had been a subject of “Oplan: Tokhang.” He is now under the custody of the Cabatuan police station and will be charged for violating the anti-drugs law.