Calbayog drug dens demolished; 7 arrested

CATBALOGAN CITY — Joint government anti-illegal drug operatives “hammered” Saturday suspected drug dens in Calbayog City which led to the arrest of seven persons and seizure of more than P100,000 worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) at Barangay Obrero in that city Saturday.

Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency provincial director Edgar Jubay identified the suspects as Marvin Catamora, 32; Lina Saluriom 50; Manilyn Sarmiento, 30; Gregorio Catamora, 35; Ronaldo Ompad, 39; George Dimakiling, 35 and Marvy Catamora, 22, all residents of said place.

In his report to PDEA Director General Usec. Aaron Aquino, Jubay said residents in the community reported the presence of drug dens in the area that prompted him to organize a “demolition team” composed of local police, and City Mobile Force Company and elements from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

The raiding team, Jubay said barged inside the drug dens where they caught the suspects sniffing “meth”.

“All the suspects are included in the anti-illegal drugs personalities watchlist. One of them is a high-value target being a school teacher by profession,” said Jubay in a statement.

The operating team confiscated quantitative amount of shabu weighing more or less 15 grams with an estimated value of Php102,000, a caliber .45 pistol, ammunition, and assorted drug paraphernalia.

Jubay said the suspects will be charged for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Section 6 (Maintenance of Drug Den), Section 7 (Visitors of a Drug Den), Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), and Section 12 (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia), Article II of Republic Act 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Additional charge for violation of RA 10591, or The Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunitions Act will also be filed against the suspects who are detained at the detention facility.

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