LUCENA CITY – Police on Thursday night arrested an alleged female shabu trader and three others and seized almost a million pesos worth of the illegal drugs in three separate anti-drug operations in Quezon province.
Quezon police director Col. Audie Madrideo identified the arrested suspects as Maria Cristina Camacho, 36, an alleged shabu supplier, of Bgy. San Lorenzo; Adrian Bataanun, 39, a public utility van driver, of Bgy. Sadsaran, both in Mauban, Quezon; Roel Ortiz, 24, a terminal dispatcher and a resident of Bgy. Isabang, this city; and Mhel Mark Gucilatar, 35, a farmer of Bgy. Libjo, Infanta, Quezon.
In his report to Calabarzon police director Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., Madrideo said the ope-rations yielded a total of 161 grams of shabu, with a street value of P968, 555.
Danao directed five provincial directors to make Calabarzon region free from all forms of illegal activities, especially illegal drugs.
Madrideo said the first operation was conducted by joint members of the Police Provincial Intelligence Branch and Infanta police station led by Majors Gaylor Pagala and Dandee Aguilar, respectively in Bgy. Libjo, Infanta town.
Seized from Gucilatar was 51 grams of shabu.
The sting was followed by another drug bust carried out by Pagala’s team and operatives of the Lucena City police station under Lt. Col. Romulo Albacea at Grand Central Terminal in Bgy. Ilayang Dupay. Arrested were Bataanun and Ortiz while 15.3 grams of shabu were seized.
Bataanum and Ortiz pointed to Camacho as their source of shabu.
Pagala’s group and personnel of the Mauban police station under Maj. Romar Pacis launched a follow-up operation resulting in the arrest of Camacho and the confiscation of 91.59 grams of shabu and a mini electronic weighing scale from the alleged shabu supplier’s house.
Madrideo said the suspects had been under police tight watch based on intelligence reports about their illegal activity.