2 cops, 3 others fall in Angeles drug stings

ANGELES CITY – Two policemen detailed in separate units in Camp Crame and three civilians were arrested by anti-narcotics operatives in separate anti-illegal drugs buy-bust operations in Barangays Cutcut, Malabanias and Pulong Cacutud on Wednesday.

Chief Inspector Agnes Nolasco, Chief of the Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) Information Office, identified the suspects as PO2 Francisco Ganao, 44, detailed at PNP Highway Patrol Group and resident of AU Compound Abacan, Bgy. Malabanias; and PO1 Amor Agustin, 30, assigned at Police Holding Administrative Unit (PHAU), and resident of Fiesta Community, Bgy. Tabun both in this city.

Also arrested were Bernabe Patawaran, 20, of Sto. Rosario Street, Angeles City; Jerald Cabrera, 21, of Mabalacat City; and Aljon Razon, 21, of Bgy. Cutcut also in this city.

The suspects, police said did not resist arrest.

Agustin occupies the top post of High Value Targets (HVTs) in the police list of illegal drugs personalities due to his alleged involvement in the narco-trade. He surrendered to authorities at the height of government campaign against lawmen involved in prohibited substance.

Agustin was placed under surveillance following reports that he was into illegal drugs trade in Angeles City.

Ganao, who reportedly went on absent without leave (AWOL), allegedly joined the local drug group in Angeles City. He was arrested at the parking lot of SM City Clark shortly after he handed sachet of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) to a poseur-buyer.

Police said Ganao ran towards nearby store to evade arrest but was pursued by lawmen leading to Patawaran’s arrest who was caught in the act of repacking shabu. Eleven sachets of shabu were seized from their possession.

Nolasco said Razon yielded 14 pieces of sachets carrying suspected chabu with street value of not less than P240,000.00.

She said the suspects and confiscated items were brought to the police headquarters for further investigation.

Charges are being readied against the suspects for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. –Jess Malabanan