AT least 11 drug personalities were arrested by policemen in separate operations in Region 12, Tarlac and Batangas provinces.
An overnight drug operation conducted by Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 resulted in the arrest of a certain Carlito Atienza Perez in Columbio, Sultan Kudarat during the implementation of a search warrant.
The said operation resulted in the confiscation of P500,000 worth of shabu, including six sachets of shabu and drug paraphernalia, firearms and ammunition.
In General Santos City, four drug personalities were arrested in separate buy-bust operations conducted by police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and recovered seven sachets of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia.
Three drug personalities were also arrested at a checkpoint in Koronadal City for possession of a medium and two small sachets of suspected shabu.
The suspects were placed under custody of the arresting team.
In Tarlac, the no. 1 suspect in the Double Barrel project of the San Clemente Police Station and three suspected drug pushers in the province were arrested during the serving of a search warrant at his residence last Sept. 19.
Acting Tarlac police director Senior Supt. Westrimundo Obinque identified the suspects as Joel Ventura, alias “Bentong”, 38, Carlito Paras, 40, Manulito Garcia, 43, and Arnel Cau, 39.
Ventura, no. 1 in San Clemente town’s drug watchlist, was arrested by police while serving a search warrant issued by Judge Ramon Pamular of the Guimba Regional Trial Court Branch 33 for violation of Republic Act 9165 at 6 a.m.
Seized at his residence in Bgy. Catadugingan were two transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu and paraphernalia.
At 2 p.m., police conducting a buy-bust operation arrested Paras in Bgy. Alfonso, Concepcion town. Confiscated from him were six heat-sealed plastic sachets of suspected shabu and the marked P500 bill.
At 5 p.m., police in Moncada town conducted a buy-bust operation against Robin Raon, who was able to escape by jumping over the high fence at the back of his residence and ran towards the ricefields. Operatives, however, were able to seize four sachets of suspected shabu.
At 8 p.m., policemen conducted a buy-bust operation against Garcia inside a cockfighting farm in Bgy. Ligtasan, Tarlac City. He was arrested after selling P500 worth of shabu to a poseur-buyer.
When searched, he yielded another eight plastic sachets of suspected shabu.
Also arrested with Garcia was Cau, who was caught in the act of sniffing shabu.
All the operations were conducted in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and in the presence of barangay officials.
Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino, acting Police Regional Office 3 director, earlier said that police operations against drug pushers will be heightened in Central Luzon.
In Batangas, two drug traffickers were arrested during police anti-illegal drug operation in Bgy. 4, Poblacion, Tanauan City, at 12 p.m. the other day.
Batangas police director Senior Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag identified the suspects as Angel Ramos Gonzales, 60, married, of Tanauan City, and Justin Garuela, 31, single, jobless, of Bgy. Santiago, Sto. Tomas town.
A police team, led by Chief Insp. John Rellian, together with Senior Insp. Emil Mendoza, arrested the two suspects.
PO3 Rhaldie Manzanilla, PO1s Leo Arnie Leycano and Jhune Carlos Coballes said the team was on an anti-illegal drug operation in the area when a group of men suddenly emerged from a nipa hut owned by Gonzales.
The operating team headed to the nipa hut where they recovered two plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu weighing about 50 grams worth P500,000, an improvised tooter, four plastic sachets containing shabu residues, seven cellphones, two boxes of unused aluminum foil strips, two digital weighing scales and undetermined amount of cash placed on top of a table.
The recovered pieces of evidence and the suspects were brought to the Regional Crime Laboratory Office in Camp Vicente Lim, Calamba City, for examination and drug test.
The two suspects detained at the police lock-up cell, facing charges for violation of RA 9165.