EIGHT people, including a municipal government employee, were arrested while P263,900 worth of illegal drugs were seized in separate anti-drug operations Wednesday, May 27, in Zamboanga Peninsula.
Police Brigadier General Froilan Quidilla, director of the Police Regional Office (PRO-9), identified the arrested suspects as follows: Ronald Bonghanoy Biolango, 42; Rene Matias Faustenorio Jr., 36; Hasim Murphy Silan, 31; Dave Erana Patalinghug, 29; Ricardo Ehan Dagodog, 40; Jocelyn Egoc Noblefranca, 44; Cesar Ramos Toribio, 40; and, Winston Suson Morales, 22.
Charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 were being prepared against them.
Quidilla said Biolango, an employee of the Olutanga municipal government in Zamboanga Sibugay, was arrested around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Police confiscated from Biolango five heat-sealed plastic sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, P500 marked money, and a motorcycle.
Faustenorio yielded some P200,000 worth of suspected shabu when arrested around 5:40 p.m. Wednesday in Sitio Lubas in Turno village, Dipolog City, capital of Zamboanga del Norte.
Silan was caught in possession of P5,200 worth of suspected shabu and P200 marked money in a drug bust in Phase 1, Sitio Asinan, Kasanyangan village, Zamboanga City.
Police seized from Patalinghug P2,000 worth of suspected shabu
and P500 marked money in a drug bust around 7 a.m. Wednesday in Purok Lajoma, San Josevillage, Aurora, Zamboanga Del Sur.
Dagodog, who yielded seven sachets of shabu and P500 marked money, was arrested around 9:45 a.m. Wednesday in La Union village, Labason, Zamboanga del Norte.
Recovered from Noblefranca were P2,700 worth of shabu and P200 marked money. He was arrested in a drug bust around 4:05 p.m. Wednesday in Cawit, Zamboanga City.
Toribio was caught in possession of P50,000 worth of suspected shabu and P500 marked money during a drug bust at around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday in Good Year village, Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay.
A joint team of police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives arrested Morales around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday in New
Village, Tambulig, Zamboanga Del Sur.
Seized from him were P4,000 worth of shabu and P1,000 marked money. (SunStar Zamboanga)