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PDEA-13: 2 cities, town in Caraga region experiencing serious illegal drugs problem

BUTUAN CITY — Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga regional director Joel Plaza disclosed two cities and one town in the provinces of Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur were experiencing serious illegal drugs problems such as trafficking operated by organized syndicates.

Plaza mentioned Bayugan City, Surigao City and Barobo town in Surigao del Sur as having serious but not so alarming illegal drugs trafficking problem especially shabu.

In an interview at the PDEA Caraga regional office here, Plaza told PNA that from the scale 1 to 10, illegal drugs problem in said areas were at the scale of 7 (seven).

“But respective LGU officials in said areas are now working to address the problem, the campaign against illegal drugs is not only PDEA’s job but it is everybody’s concern, the public, the church and all sectors” Plaza added.

Meanwhile, a businessman and four others in Surigao City were arrested by joint operatives of PDEA-13 and Surigao City Police Station in a drug buy bust operations on Sunday morning.

Report from Surigao City Police identified the suspects as Victor Tan, resident of Purok 6, Barangay Tugbongon, Surigao City, Daniper Elumba Villanueva; Allan Sotil Massion; Adrianne Jell Bayon Rivas; and Ana Maria Vicente.

The four other nabbed persons were present during the buy-bust operation as alleged visitors of businessman Tan.

Authorities were able to confiscate items from Tan’s possession as:

  • Five (5) sachets of suspected shabu;
  • One (1) unit calibre .22 revolver loaded with seven (7) live ammunition;
  • Cash money amounting to Twenty One Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (Php 21,5OO.OO)
  • One Thousand Peso bill marked money; and
  • Several illegal drug paraphernalia.

Witnesses during the inventory of the items confiscated were Mrs Clarita Libatog from DOJ, Brgy Kagawad Luther Elumba of BarangayTugbongon and Elvis Romero of RPN DXKS, Surigao City.

Arrested persons were brought to Surigao City Police Station for booking and subsequently brought to PDEA Regional Office 13 for filing of appropriate charges. (PNA)

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