Couple arrested for illegal drugs

A COUPLE was arrested by personnel of Sipalay City Police Station for possession of illegal drugs in a checkpoint operation at Barangay Canturay, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental Tuesday afternoon.

Police identified the suspects as Ronald Lachica and his live-in partner Michelle Mendoza.

Supeintendent Luisito Acebuche of Sipalay City Police Station said they were informed that one of the passengers of a Toyota Hi-Ace traveling from Bacolod City was carrying illegal drugs.

When the vehicle was flagged down in a checkpoint, police recovered from the suspects a pouch, a small plastic sachet of suspected shabu, lighter, and a cellular phone.

Acebuche said Mendoza admitted that she’s a drug user. He said the suspects are detained at the station’s lock-up cell and are facing drug charges.

Meanwhile, a man was also arrested by personnel of Hinoba-an Municipal Police Station for alleged illegal firearms possession Tuesday afternoon.

Police identified the suspect as Rene Constancio.

Senior Inspector Roberto Indiape of Hinoba-an Municipal Police Station said they were conducting a surveillance against a most wanted person when the suspect was seen carrying a firearm.

Police recovered from Constancio a .357 caliber with live ammunition. (MAP)

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