Retired US Navy, Australian engineer fall in Angeles drug bust

ANGELES CITY – A 56-year old ex-US Navy serviceman and his Australian engineer friend were collared by government anti-illegal drugs agents during buy bust operations along Clarkview, Barangay Malabanias here late Saturday afternoon, authorities announced.

Superintendent Rommel Batangan, Chief of the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit 3 (RDEU3), stationed at Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando, identified the suspects as Gary Timothy Lamb, a retired sailor and regular member of the Retired Activities Office (RAO) with office in Subic, Zambales and Michael Wayne Walsh, 58, engineer and temporary staying at Big Tommy Hotel in this city.

A Filipino woman identified as Mary Jane Mina, 30, was also arrested with the two foreigners. They were caught while in possession of prohibited drugs at Lamb’s residence situated at 357 Pinatubo Street, Clarkview, Bgy. Malabanias, stated Batangan in the police report.

The suspects, according to authorities were placed under discreet monitoring following reports on their alleged involvement in illegal drugs activities in the community victimizing fellow retirees temporarily staying in this city and other areas including Subic, Zambales.

“Sinubaybayan namin sila pati yung nagdadala ng droga ng mahigit dalawang two weeks kaya ng magkaroon kami ng pagkakataon, kaagad na isinagawa ang buy bust at follow-up raid sa residence in Lamb,” said Batangan.

The RDEU3 chief said the suspects did not resist arrest. They were informed of their constitutional rights before they were sent to police station for documentation procedures.

Seized from the suspects include six small sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu), quantitative amount of dried marijuana leaves placed in a zip-lock plastic bag and assorted illegal drugs paraphernalia and dusted money used in buy bust.

The suspects are under the custody of Station 4 police in Bgy. Balibago, Angeles City as appropriate criminal charges are being readied against them.