Ex-intel officer arrested in anti-drug operation-A A +A
Friday, September 20, 2013
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- Police operatives in Catbalogan City arrested a former intelligence officer of the Philippine Army on Wednesday and seized sachets of “shabu” and several ammunitions.
Arrested by members of the Catbalogan City police was Randy Curiano, said to be a former intelligence officer of the 34th Infantry Battalion and a resident of Barangay Canlapwas in Catbalogan, said Police Regional Office Director Elmer Soria.
The police team led by Chief Inspector Marben Ordonia conducted a buy-bust operation around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday in Barangay Canlapwas, leading to Curiano’s arrest and the confiscation of one small heat-sealed sachet of suspected “shabu” and the P500 buy-bust money.
Subsequent implementation of search warrant in the suspect’s house led to the confiscation of seven more sachets of “shabu” worth P7,700 and several drug paraphernalia that included lighters, tooters, scissors, plastic sachets, digital weighing scale and mobile phones.
The police also recovered a hand grenade, one magazine of .45 caliber pistol with seven ammunitions, and several ammunitions for calibers 7.62mm, .38, .45 and .22.
Curiano is now detained at the Catbalogan police station jail as proper charges are being prepared for filing in court against him.
The confiscated illegal drugs were brought to the Regional Crime Laboratory Office-Eastern Visayas for chemical analysis.
In a separate operations conducted by the Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG), one Lorden Mangaron, 34, married, jobless and a resident of Barangay 3, Matalom town in Leyte, was nabbed on Tuesday.
Mangaron was arrested after handing P500 worth of suspected “shabu” to an undercover cop who acted as poseur-buyer around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday just outside his house, Soria said.
“A small heat-sealed sachet containing around 0.3 grams of suspected shabu granules was recovered during the buy-bust,” he added.
The RSOG immediately brought the suspect to Matalom Police Station as a case for violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 was filed against Mangaron.
The recovered illegal drugs were brought to the Southern Leyte Provincial Crime Laboratory Office in Maasin City for qualitative and quantitative examination and determination of the presence of methamphetamine contents.
Soria said that for the month of August alone, anti-illegal drug operations in Eastern Visayas resulted in the arrest of 46 drug personalities in 43 operations, resulting in the seizure of P120,000 worth of illegal drugs and filing of 42 drug charges in different courts in the region. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)