• La Union, Isabela top drug personalities fall


    SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union: A relentless anti-drug campaign by elements of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Phil. Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and local police force netted top drug personalities including an 18-year-old boy and one on top most wanted list in less than 24 hours operation.

    Eighteen-year-old Kenneth Peralta, of Barangay 2, San Fernando City, was arrested Thursday morning and found in his possession 17 plastic sachets containing dried marijuana leaves. He is said to be a courier of a syndicate supplying drugs to high school students and tricycle drivers in San Fernando City.

    The city’s OPLAN “ANOP” (catch), likewise, in relation to Operation: “One Time, Big Time” netted six suspects, including a Top 10 drug pusher in the city identified as Dwayne Ancheta, of Poro Point who is in Top 10 (city level) listed-personality.

    Police Superintendent Julius Suriben, city police chief, said 16 sachets of shabu, ammunitions and various drug paraphernalia were recovered during successive operation carried out in one day.

    Suriben also identified other arrested as spouses Junsan and Rhea Gaon, both listed in the City and Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council watch list and residents of Barangay Ilocanos Norte; Jason Awingan, a former Overseas Filipino Worker of San Gabriel, La Union; Marlon Ornid; Angel Flores of Barangay Sevilla who is facing illegal drugs case and in the city drug wanted list.

    They are among the 121 drug personalities and 87 wanted person in the city who were collared by operatives since January this year.

    Meanwhile, an employee of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Ilagan City, Isabela and a woman tagged as the city’s top drug pusher, were collared along with their cohorts.
    Arrested was Claro Barroga, 37, an employee of LTO Regional Office 2 of Tagaran, Cauayan City, Isabela.

    Ranked top in wanted drug personalities list was Mildred Zapata, 27, of Purok 2, Bliss Village, Ilagan City; and Oliver Calanday of San Antonio, Roxas.

    PDEA Regional Office 2 Director Derrick Arnold Carreon said confiscated from the three were plastic sachets of shabu valued at P3,000; a .45 caliber pistol with live ammunition, a motorcycle, an owner-type jeep and four mobile phones.

    Zapata will be facing charges for violation of violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of RA 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, while charges for violation of Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) await Calanday and Barroga, Carreon said.


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