By Raydes B. Barcia

Legazpi City – The Philippine National Police in Bicol apprehended four drug peddlers and P476,000 worth of illegal drugs in a separate operation conducted in Albay and Sorsogon over the weekend here, Police Ltc. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Police regional command spokesperson said.

The apprehension of four suspects is part of PNP continuous intensified campaign against illegal drugs across the region.

In an entrapment operation launched by operatives of Daraga MPS, PNP-DEG, RPDEU5, RID5-RSOU, PIU Albay PPO, RMFB5, CIDG Albay PFU and RIU5 at around 10:35 AM at Purok 2, Barangay Peñafrancia, Daraga, Albay, three drug pushers were arrested. 

They were identified as Pangolima Ugkat Mohammad Ali, 46 years old; Tumbaga King Pangolima Fahadz, 32 years old; and Tumbaga Pangolima Sahabudin, 40 years old, all residents of Purok 4, Sapu Padidu Malapatan, Sarangani Province.

Recovered from their possession and control was 20 grams of suspected “shabu” with an estimated value of P136,000.00. Operatives also confiscated assorted illegal drug paraphernalia from the suspects.

Another one was also busted in an anti-drug operation conducted by ODRDO-RPDEU5, Irosin MPS, RID5-RSOU, PDEG-SOU5 and Philippine Air Force TOG5 in coordination with PDEA ROV, at Purok 7, Brgy Buenavista, Irosin, Sorsogon around 5:50 PM.

The drug pusher was identified as Jason Gabito, 38 years old, single, and a resident of San Pedro village, Irosin, Sorsogon.

Confiscated from him was 50 grams of “shabu” with street value of P340,000.00.

Appropriate charges for violations of RA 9165 are being readied against the suspects for filing in court.

The synergistic partnership of “KASIMBAYAN” has been vital in tracking the location and movements of this individuals which positively resulted to their apprehension, Calubaquid said. 

Police BGen. Rudolph B. Dimas said that in continuation of its operation shall steadily make the public involve in its efforts in eradicating the drug menace in the region.

The unit shall also further intensify its campaign strategy in support to the government’s advocacy known as BIDA or “Buhay Ingatan, Droga’y Ayawan” which aims to solve deep-seated issues brought by using illegal drugs that has proven to destroy relationships, families and the future of the youth. (Raydes Barcia)

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