BULACAN Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Lawrence B. Cajipe on Sunday reported the arrest of 22 lawbreakers in the province, six of them known drug traffickers amid their continuing anti-criminality campaign.
In a report to Police Regional Office 3 director, Brigadier General Valeriano T. de Leon, the official said that the suspects were apprehended last Friday and Saturday.
He said that six of the suspects identified as Renato Antonio, Raymond Charles de Catro, Celso de Castro, Jason Atienza, John Oliver Bassig and Emerson de la Fuente were arrested in separate buy-bust operations in Meycauayan City and the municipalities of Pulilan, Calumpit and Bustos.
Antonio and the two de Castros are all from Meycauayan City while Atienza is from Barangay Balatong in Pulilan. Bassig is a resident of Bgy. Balungao in Calumpit while de la Fuente is from Bgy. Cambaog in Bustos.
Cajipe said that recovered from the suspects were 33 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing shabu and the marked money paid to them by undercover officers.
All six suspects are now facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The Bulacan police director said that another suspect identified as Roberto Pascual, a resident of Bgy. San Gabriel in Sta. Maria municipality was arrested on the strength of warrants for violation of the anti-bouncing check law and other forms of swindling around 2:30 p.m. Friday.
Cajipe said 11 others were arrested for involvement in illegal gambling activities in public which is strictly banned in the province particularly that Bulacan is under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine.
He said that the suspects were caught while in the act of playing ‘tong-its and mahjong.
Another suspect identified as Adrian Tepace, a resident of NIA Road in Bgy. San Juan in Balagtas town was arrested for illegal sale and distribution of fake cigarettes in Bgy. Wawa Market early morning Friday.
Members of the Balagtas Municipal Police Station and the local Criminal Investigation and Detection Group recovered more than 92 reams and three cartons filled with counterfeit Carnival Red, Moon Green, Mighty Green, RGD Brown, Tiger Gold, D & B and Furong Wang cigarettes and the buy-bust money from the suspect.
Cajipe said that the man will be facing charges for violation of the Consumer Act of the Philippines and the tariff and customs law.