TANAUAN City -- A driver and a cellphone technician were collared by the police for possession of a gun, ammunition and shabu during a buy-bust operation in Bgy. Darasa, here, on Saturday.
Batangas police director Senior Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag identified the suspects as Nejemias Tejero Malabrigo Jr., 34, married, of Bgy. San Bartolome, Sto. Tomas, Batangas; and Jan Angelo Suarez Gonzales, 29, single, of Bgy. Poblacion 4, this city.
Case investigators PO2 Jayson M. Paras, PO1s Jhun Carlo Coballes and Julius Andrew Dionisio said that at 3:30 a.m. on October 8, CAIDG members of the Tanauan City Police Station turned over the above-named suspects, who were arrested for violation of RA 9165 during a buy-bust operation.
At about 12:30 a.m., the intelligence operatives, led by Chief Insp. John Ganit Rellian and in coordination with the local PDEA, conducted a buy-bust operation in Bgy. Darasa.
SPO1 Cipriano Montilla Rile, who acted as poseur-buyer, transacted with a certain Malabrigo and handed the marked money.
However, the suspect had no stock in his possession so he told the buyer that his companion in Bgy. San Antonio, Sto. Tomas, would give it to him.
Malabrigo accompanied the poseur-buyer to Gonzales, who was nabbed as he handed the shabu to the poseur.
After the arrest, the operatives found at the suspect’s car 11 more heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing shabu, investigators said.
The operation was launched in connection with the information from a confidential informant pertaining to the involvement of the suspects in illegal drugs trade
The arrested suspects and pieces of evidence weighing approximately 86 grams were brought to Regional Crime Laboratory Office (RCLO) 4A for examination.
Police also recovered from the suspects the buy-bust money (five marked P1,000 bills), a caliber .45 pistol with one magazine loaded with six bullets, a white Toyota Vios (UIO354) and an electronic weighing scale.
The suspects were detained at the police lock-up cell, facing charges for violation of Secs. 5 and 11, Article II of RA 9165.