AGENTS of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office over the past three days arrested 80 law offenders, 15 of them involved in illegal drug trafficking activities following separate anti-criminality operations timed with the ongoing strict enforcement of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the province, local police director, Colonel Lawrence B. Cajipe said yesterday.
In a report to Police Regional Office 3 director, Brigadier General Rhodel O. Sermonia, the official said the 15 drug offenders identified as Gilbert Lagman, Honnielyn Mangulabnan, Joselito Cesar, Reseil Campo, Hermogenes Ortega, Maribel Ortega, Reyster Marino, Marlon Cansilao, Marck Jhon Escobar, Jhoneil Sevillala, Jhon Lester Jaime, Jerome Castillo, Jeremiah Arcega, Paulo dela Cruz and Wilson Austria were arrested in a string of buy-bust operations in San Rafael, Bocaue, Norzagaray and Baliwag municipalities and in San Jose del Monte City.
Cajipe said recovered from the suspects were 40 pieces of heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and marked money paid to them by undercover officers.
The Bulacan police director said three other wanted persons were arrested in separate manhunt operations in San Jose del Monte City and in Baliwag town last Thursday while another 41 were arrested for involvement in illegal gambling in Meycauayan City and the municipalities of San Ildefonso, Angat. Baliwag and Bulakan.
Another 21 were apprehended for illegal fishing in Paombong amid complaints sent to the local police and the Municipal Fishers and Aquatic Resources Management Council.
Cajipe said the 21 were found aboard three big boats namely Donna Alvin 1, Alexandra Mae and Maria Joverlen respectively owned by one Corazon Sabino of Tanza, Navotas City; one Ernesto Jacob of San Pascual, Hagonoy and one Junie Garcia when they were accosted while catching fish with the use of motorized net or ‘troll’ which is prohibited under the law.
Seized during the operation were 35 basins containing an estimated P15,000 worth of assorted fish. Cajipe said that appropriate criminal complaints are being readied against the illegal fishermen.