Cagayan raids: 2 nabbed, drugs, 2 grenades seized

TWO separate anti-crime raids in Cagayan province yesterday led in the arrest of two known law offenders and the confiscation of drugs, firearms and a grenade, Police Regional Office 2 director, Brigadier General Jose Mario M. Espino said.

Arrested during the twin operations were Edward Arimatea, a laborer from Aparri and Lhen Gonong, a barangay ‘kagawad’ in Iguig municipality.

Espino said that officers who raided the house of Arimatea in Bgy. Caagaman in Aparri arrested him after they recovered one hand grenade and a bag containing dried marijuana leaves.

The raid at the residence of Gonong in Bgy. San Lorenzo in Iguig resulted in the confiscation of a caliber .38 revolver, several live ammunition and a grenade.

Espino said that the raid at the house of Gonong was conducted on the strength of a search warrant issued by Judge Salvador Campos of the Amulung-Iguig Municipal Circuit Trial Court.

Arimatea will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and RA 9516 or illegal possession of explosives.

On the other hand, Gonong will be charged for violation of RA 9516 and RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013, said Espino.