A SEAWEED plantation worker and a security guard were arrested, while P238,000 worth of illegal drugs were seized in separate anti-drug operations in Zamboanga City and Zamboanga del Norte, the police reported Friday, April 16.
Police Brigadier General Ronaldo Genaro Ylagan, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula director, identified the arrested suspects as Abdurajan Nawadi, 27, and Roger Ybañes, 37.
Ylagan said Nawadi was arrested in a buy-bust operation around 9 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in Sitio Logoy Dutay in Talon-Talon village, Zamboanga City.
Confiscated from Nawadi were 25 grams of substance believed to be shabu with an estimated market value of P170,000 and 11 pieces of P1,000 boodle money topped with one genuine P1,000 as marked money.
Ylagan said Ybañes was nabbed also in a buy-bust operation by joint police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives around 9:40 p.m. Thursday in Punta village, Dipolog City, the capital of Zamboanga del Norte province.
Recovered from Ybañes were a caliber .38 revolver with ammunition, 10 grams of shabu worth P68,000, a cellular phone, P500 marked money, and P520 cash in different denominations believed to be proceeds in the sale of illegal drugs.
Ylagan said the suspects were detained while charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002 are set to be filed against them. (SunStar Zamboanga)