THREE persons were separately arrested as the police have intensified their anti-drug operations in Zamboanga City, an official said Monday, January 6.
The arrest came after Police Colonel Thomas Joseph Martir, Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) director, ordered the chiefs of the 11 police stations to intensify the campaign against illegal drugs in their respective areas of responsibility.
Police Major Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, identified the arrested suspects as Ryan Napalcruz Garcia, 39; Julaila Batayola Damsid, 29; and Nuruddin Abdulsamad Antam, 34.
Galvez said Garcia was caught in possession of some P2,000 worth of shabu and P200 marked money in a drug bust Sunday on Pablo Enriquez Drive in the village of Boalan, Zamboanga City.
Recovered from Damsid were P1,500 worth of shabu and P200 marked money when he was arrested Sunday in the village of Tulungatung, Zamboanga City.
Galvez said Antam, a driver, was arrested in a drug bust Sunday in the village of Arena Blanco, Zamboanga City. Recovered from him were some P3,500 worth of shabu and P200 marked money.
Martir issued the order to intensify the anti-drug operations following observation that the drug-related crimes have surged in 2019. (SunStar Zamboanga)