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Zambales 4 top drug targets arrested

August 1, 2021 Alfred P. Dalizon 433 views

FOUR most wanted ‘high-value drug targets’ in Central Luzon were arrested in a string of anti-criminality operations this week, Zambales Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Romano V. Cardiño announced on Sunday.

In a report to Police Regional Office 3 director, Brigadier General Valeritano T. de Leon, the official identified two of the suspects as Jhon Rick Habal, a resident of Purok 3-C, Sitio Tahimik in Barangay Calapacuan, Subic town and Jecar Barker, of San Antonio town.

According to Cardiño, the suspect yielded six heat-sealed plastic sachets containing nearly six grams of shabu worth nearly P40,000 and the marked P500 bill paid to him by the poseur during the entrapment operation around 12:45 a.m. Friday.

Members of the Subic Municipal Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit and the Zambales PPO’s Provincial Mobile Force Company arrested the suspect during the sting supervised by Major San Juan Felmar D. Aquino.

The suspect is now being held at the Subic police lock-up facility facing non-bailable charges for sale and possession of prohibited drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, said Cardiño.

On the other hand, Barker, tagged as the 5th most wanted drug personality in Zambales was arrested last Friday in his hiding place in Purok 4, Bgy. East Dirita in San Antonio municipality by local policemen led by Lieutenant Mark Almero.

The official said that the suspect’s arrest was made on the strength of a warrant for violation of RA 9165 issued by Judge Santiago Beltran of the Iba Regional Trial Court Branch 69.

The suspect is now being held at the San Antonio police jail, said Cardiño.

The3rd identified as Alex was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Purok 4 in Bgy. Nagbunga in San Marcelino town last Friday.

Officers led by Lieutenant Niño Ryan Opinga recovered 20 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing around 15 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ valued at nearly P100,000, the buy-bust money topped by a marked P1,000 bill, a caliber .22 revolver with three live ammunition and a 12-gauge shotgun with two bullets during the sting.

A cohort of the suspect identified as Pewee Ilagan, a resident of Bgy. del Pilar in Castillejos municipality is still being hunted as of press time.

Cardiño said that a Toyota Fortuner with plate no. NCI 5587 used by the suspects to transport the drugs was impounded by the local police.

The suspects are now facing non-bailable charges for sale and possession of prohibited drugs under RA 9165.

Last Friday, members of the Subic Municipal Police Station also arrested Farida Asara, a resident of Bgy. Calapacuan wanted for violation of RA 9165. The suspect’s arrest was ordered by Judge Roline Ginez-Jabalde of the Olongapo City RTC Branch 74 on February 3, 2020. No bail was recommended for the suspect’s temporary freedom.