CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The leader of the notorious Pitong-Gatang Basag Kotse group was nabbed along with his common-law wife in drug bust conducted in Barangay Lourdes Tuesday noon.
The criminal group leader was identified as Joey Pamintuan, 26, a resident of 2nd Street Teopaco, Barangay Lourdes, while his common-law wife was identified as Arlene Niedo, 25, a resident of Barangay San Vicente in nearby Bacolor town.
Aside from being a criminal group leader, Pamintuan is also listed as a target drug personality of the city police, hence the conduct of the operation by the City Drug Enforcement Unit here, while Niedo was categorized as a new drug personality.
According to this city’s chief of police Superintendent Roland Agohob, the Pitong-Gatang Basag Kotse group was allegedly responsible for the series of basag-kotse incidents that transpired in the city this year.
This includes the two consecutive incidents that transpired on January 31 at the parking area of SAM Building in Barangay San Isidro, and Tabehoudai Restaurant in Barangay Maimpis, as well as the ones in Flower Garden in Barangay San Agustin on February 4; at the vicinity of Villa Victoria Subdivision in Barangay Dolores on March 13; at the BMeg shop in Barangay San Agustin on March 25, Strong Tower Church in Barangay San Isidro on March 26; and the latest at the Bale Capampangan on May 10.
“We have been tracking him and the other members of the criminal group who are responsible for the series of basag kotse incidents that disturbed the peace and order in the city. While we already arrested the leader in the identity of Pamintuan, we will still continue to hunt down and penalize the remaining members of the group,” Agohob asserted.
Meanwhile, confiscated from the two suspects’ possession were 53 sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” with an estimated street value of P26,500 and the P500 marked money used in the operation
Cases for violation of RA 9165 (Sections 5 and 11 for Pamintuan and Section 11 for Niedo) will be filed through inquest proceedings at the Regional Trial Court in this city.