SIX people, including two policemen and a fireman, were arrested in series of anti-drug operations in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, the police reported on Thursday, June 29.
The Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Police Office identified the arrested suspects as Senior Police Officer 1 (SPO1) Gilbert James, 46, SPO1 Raul Maguinsay, 47, Fire Officer 3 (FO3) Ramil Mosqueda, 48, Rolando Mosqueda, 57, retired fireman, Leopoldo Dangase, retired jail officer, and Emmanuel Velasco, 39.
The police said that (Rolando) Mosqueda was arrested in a drug bust operation around 6:58 p.m., Tuesday, at Room 315 of Pepic's lodge in the village of Central Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte.
James was caught seated in a bed holding two cut rolled aluminum foil. He is assigned with the Provincial Intelligence and Detective Management Branch.
The police said Velasco was arrested in a separate drug bust around 10:30 p.m. also on Tuesday at Room 206 of the same lodging house.
The police said that Maguinsay and Dangase were caught in the act holding hard drugs paraphernalia while on pot session in the same room.
The younger Mosqueda was arrested in a drug bust around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday in the village of Santa Isabel, Dipolog City.
The drug busts were carried out jointly by the police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Dipolog City.
Confiscated from the suspects were marked money, suspected shabu, .9-mm pistol with ammunition, mobile phones, motorcycle and prohibited drug paraphernalia.