LOCAL authorities arrested Wednesday a suspected drug trader and a gunrunner in two separate police operations in Davao del Norte.

First arrested was Ralph Quinimon Cana, 29, a resident of Asuncion town in Davao del Norte, and whom police identified as leader of Rap-rap Gang.

Cana ranks second in the list of the suspected drug pushers in the municipality.

Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), in coordination with Asuncion police station and Highway Patrol Group Davao del Norte, arrested Cana in a drug bust in Barangay Cambanogoy at 4 p.m.

Recovered from his possession were four big and two small sachets containing suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu worth P170,000 and P1,700.

Cana was also found in possession of one caliber.45 pistol, a magazine, a 105mm mortar arsenal, one weighing scale, one black bag, 16 assorted live ammunitions and two lighters and a Honda XRM motorcycle.

Davao del Norte CIDG leader Chief Inspector Francis Sonza said Cana was arrested after he handed a sachet containing suspected shabu to a police officer who acted as a poseur buyer.

The suspect is being detained at the CIDG Davao del Norte jail facility and is facing charges for violation of the Republic Act 9165, or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Sonza said the suspect might also face charges for violation of the Republic Act 10591 or The Illegal Possession of Firearms.

The other suspect arrested was identified as Renato Recto Divino, 44, a resident of Barangay San Miguel in Tagum City. Divino was reportedly a notorious gunrunner in the city.

Operatives of the CIDG with the Tagum City Police Station arrested Divino in an entrapment operation at Purok 3 in Barangay San Miguel around 7 p.m.

Divino was found in possession of one caliber .45 pistol Colt MK, one Unit Colt government model pistol, and two P500 marked money.

Divino is currently detained at the CIDG Davao del Norte jail facility and is facing charges for violation of the Republic Act 10591 or The Illegal Possession of Firearms. (ICT)