50 Cagayan crime suspects held, weapons, drugs seized

FIFTY persons wanted for various criminal offenses were hauled to jail by agents of the Cagayan Police Provincial Office following a province-wide conduct of enhanced police operation on Sunday and Monday, a report to Police Regional Office 2 director, Brigadier General Crizaldo O. Nieves said yesterday.

Cagayan police director, Colonel Ariel N. Quilang said among those arrested were seven men wanted for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. “We are warning all criminals and wanted persons that Cagayan province is not a safe place for them to hide as we will be going after them,” said the official.

Two of the suspects identified as Jonathan Costales and Tommy de la Cruz Jr. were arrested in separate anti-narcotics raids in Gonzaga and Buguey municipalities which led in the confiscation of shabu and dried marijuana leaves.

Five others identified as Gilbert Cabunagan, John Paul Dulin, Danilo Abaya, Manuel Cabildo and Lovely Badajos were arrested in separate buy-bust operations in Sta. Teresita municipality and in Tuguegarao City.

Recovered from the suspects were two plastic packets containing shabu, several drug paraphernalia and two marked P1,000 bills, said Quilang.

Quilang said that 21 other wanted persons, eight of them included in the list of the province’s most wanted were arrested. He identified the suspects as Vilmer Cabilangan (murder); Alex Inong (murder); Wilfedo Yoldi (kidnapping and serious illegal detention); Alhen Javier (attempted rape and two counts of rape); Enrique Alariiao  (rape and acts of lasciviousness in relation to child abuse); Ana Marie and Genaro Alada Jr. (violation of Republic At 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002); and Rogelio Gaoat (murder).

Another four municipal most wanted identified as Fernando Almasan, Rico Natividad, Gabby Cangas Jr. and Josephine Villa were also arrested during the province-wide anti-criminality operations.

Almasan was arrested for a frustrated murder case in Allacapan while Natividad was arrested for a rape case in Baggao. Cangas was arrested for an attempted homicide case in Sta. Teresita municipality while Villa was arrested for three counts of estafa in Sta. Ana town.

Quilang said the other suspects were arrested on the strength of warrants of arrest for  estafa, frustrated murder, abandoning a minor, violation of the forestry law and RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013.

Recovered during the simultaneous raids were one home-made Uzi machine pistol with a magazine containing 10 live ammunition and eight spare bullets, three caliber .45 pistols, two cal. .38 revolvers, one Super .38 pistol, one 9mm pistol, one home-made .9mm revolver, one improvised M-16 pistol,  dozens of .38, .45, 9mm and 5.56 live ammunition and several loaded magazines.

Quilang said appropriate criminal charges will be filed against the arrested suspects.