MANAOAG, Pangasinan: Police raided two suspected drugs dens in this province and arrested a former kagawad (councilman) and seven other people, including six students, who were caught holding a shabu session before dawn on Thursday.
Senior Supt. Ronald Oliver-Lee, provincial police director, identified the first arrested suspect as Luis Camba, 40, a two-term village councilman in Barangay Babasit.
Camba was tagged by the police as No. 1 drug pusher in the village, one of the Top 3 drug pushers in Manaoag and among the top drug dealers in the provincial and regional levels.
Lee said the CIDG led by Chief Insp. Nelson Apostol, the Manaoag police and the Philippine National Police Maritime Group swooped down on Camba’s house and seized four sachets containing shabu, an open sachet with shabu, lighter, paraphernalia being used in repacking shabu and rolls of aluminum foil.
Salvador Javilona, village chairman, told The Manila Times that Camba refused to surrender when invited to comply with the police’s Oplan Tokhang, allegedly because his group in the drug trade prevented him from doing so.
Arrested in another operation was Mike Julius Mejia, listed as among the Top 10 drug pushers in Dagupan City who surrendered on July 24.
The six students who were caught sniffing shabu at Mejia’s house in Sitio Aling Bonuan Binloc were identified as Darwin Cera and Allan Aquino from Mangaldan town; Rodel Torio, Willie Arzadon and Sandy Ocampo from Bonuan Binloc, Dagupan City; and Jayvee Dacanay from Baguio City.
JAIME G. AQUINO