Fisherman falls in P21.2M Quezon bust

  • Written by Gemi Formaran
  • Published in Provincial
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PRO-Calabarzon police director, Carranza (right) presents suspect Taharan left.  Photo by: Gemi Formaran PRO-Calabarzon police director, Carranza (right) presents suspect Taharan left.

INFANTA, Quezon -- Joint teams of police operatives on Friday arrested a fisherman while selling illegal drugs to a policeman who acted as poseur buyer resulting in the seizure of P21.2 million worth of suspected cocaine at Bgy. Purok Gitna, Bgy. Dinahican, here.

Police Regional Office-Calabarzon director, Chief Supt. Edward Carranza identified the arrested suspect as Aldrin Taharan, 48, fisherman, native of Nagcarlan, Laguna and resident of said village.

Carranza said Taharan was collared while handing a small plastic sachet containing suspected cocaine during a drug buy-bust operation jointly conducted by operatives of Regional Special Operations Unit (RSOU) under Supt. Joselito de Sesto, Bacoor police station under Supt. Vicente Cabatingan and Infanta police station under Chief Insp. Lowell Atienza.

“The successful operation had resulted in the seizure of four kilos of suspected cocaine contained in four packs with an estimate street value of P21.2 million,” said Carranza during a press conference at Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba City.

Cabatingan and Atienza believe that the seized drugs were part of the abandoned stash that was found along the Lamon Bay area in April.

They were referring to 27 kilos of cocaine worth P162 million that was found by fishermen along the sea waters at the boundaries of Perez, Quezon and Camarines Sur last April 15.

The cocaine were found inside a floating blue plastic container by fishermen Johnny Merluza, Ruben Yanela, Ricky Coros and Cecilio Amargo, all residents of Perez, Quezon.

Seven days later, fishermen Virgilio Yanila, Jayner Tiosou, Michael Sekreto and Joven Mendez, found out 16.5 liters of “emulsion” (undried) cocaine in a plastic container that could produce 13 kilos of cocaine worth P130 million.

On the same day, fishermen Jeffrey Taro, Victor Anarcho, Antonio Permian and Dencio Sanico, also of said town, fished out what appears to be a tracking equipment believed to be used in monitoring drug shipment.

“During the Friday arrest, Taharan said the drugs were only given to him by somebody who asked him to have them sold but he refused to name names,” said Cabatingan.