SOLANO, Nueva Vizcaya: A 32-year-old businessman tagged number 5 on the government drug watchlist in the province was arrested in a drug-bust operation here Wednesday morning. Director Juvenile Azurin of Cagayan Valley’s Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) identified the suspect as John Tan of Barangay Quezon here who antinarcotics agents have arrested at about 9:30 a.m. Sealed plastic sachet of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, and two P500 marked bills were seized from the suspect. Azurin said a case for violation of Republic Act 9165, known as Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, is being prepared against said suspect. Last week, another topmost drug suspect in Cagayan province, Lloyd Eslabon, was also arrested in a buy-bust operation in Matucay Village, Allacapan, on May 20. Antinarcotics agents seized from the suspect a sachet of shabu containing 0.2 grams and a P2,000 marked money. A cellphone unit and a motorcycle used by the suspect in his illegal drug trade were also confiscated. Eslabon is listed number 3 on the PDEA-PNP drug target list in the province of Cagayan.
    Leander C. Domingo


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