A STRING of anti-narcotics operations conducted by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Mindanao had resulted in the arrest of eight suspects including an Army soldier and a barangay chairperson and the seizure of over P15 million worth of shabu, PDEA chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino announced yesterday.
The official said that Sergeant Oscar Dapriza, a member of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division stationed in Makilala, North Cotabato and his female pal Myrene Ferolino were arrested last Thursday during a buy-bust operation in Barangay New Bunawan in Tulunan, Cotabato.
Confiscated from the suspects were a gram of shabu worth P6,800, a Glock 17 caliber 9mm semi-automatic pistol with two magazines containing eight live ammunition and the marked money they received from a poseur from the PDEA Regional Office 12.
In Surigao City, members of the PDEA Regional Office 13 arrested Loel Joy Mesias, the chairperson of Bgy. Lipata following a Friday raid which led in the recovery of around P72,000 worth of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine.’
Aquino said that local PDEA and police operatives raided the residence of the ‘high-value target’ in Purok 1-A in Bgy. Lipata in Surigao City where they seized around six grams of shabu and a loaded cal. .38 revolver.