SARIAYA, Quezon -- Police operatives yesterday collared a drug suspect listed as high-value target on the drug watchlist along with five others in a drug-bust operation in Bgy. Balubal, here.
Quezon police director Senior Supt. Antonio Yarra identified the suspect as Sahjid Alcala, son of Cerilo Alcala, who has been tagged by police as the leader of a drug group operating in Lucena City.
The young Alcala’s co-suspects also arrested during the operation were his younger brother Cerolleriz Alcala, Joel Lambit, Noel Abutin, Dona May Abastillas and Yumiko Angela Tan.
Quoting reports from Chief Insp. Juson Sumibcay who led the operation, Yarra said Sahjid Alcala was collared while handing a medium-size heat- sealed plastic sachet containing suspected shabu to a poseur-buyer at 2:30 a.m.
Yarra said that aside from the 62.30 grams of suspected shabu with estimated value of P115,255, the operatives also recovered the marked P6,000 cash from the suspect.
He said the lawmen also seized the three sedan cars and a motorcycle believed to be used by the suspects in the drug trade.
Sahjid’s father, Cerilo is younger brother of former Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala and Rep. Vicente Alcala.
Last August 15, Rep. Alcala yielded Cerilo and Sahjid to local police after the father and son were tagged by the police as among the big-time drug personalities in the city.
They were personally surrendered by Rep. Alcala and his nephew, City Mayor Roderick Alcala, to Yarra and Supt. Dennis de Leon, the city police director.
In a press conference, Rep. Alcala said he pursued the surrender of Cerilo and Sahjid so they can have their day in court and eventually clean their names.
A source from Alcala camp told this writer that they were victims of politics, saying a political clan in Quezon province is behind the continuing arrest of some members of the Alcala clan.
“Kung napansin mo lang, sa dami ng nasasangkot sa operasyon ng droga sa Quezon, palaging Alcala ang pinag-iinitan ng mga pulis,” said the source, who requested anonymity.