14 arrested for illegal drugs, illegal gambling in Cordillera

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CAMP BADO DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet – Fourteen persons were successively arrested by combined police operatives and intelligence agents for alleged illegal drugs and illegal gambling.

By virtue of a search warrant issued by Judge Raphiel F. Alzate of the RTC, Branch 1, Bangued, Abra, three individuals were separately arrested in the province of Abra for violation of illegal drugs and illegal firearms.

Police arrested Ryan Garatta Billedo, 18, a resident of Legaspi Street, Zone 3, Bangued, Abra and Gary Bolor Valera, 32, both unemployed, and residents of Cabuluan, Bangued, Abra in the morning of August 13, 2017 at Arellano Street, Zone 3, Bangued, Abra while their two companion are at large. Confiscated items were five pieces plastic sachet containing suspected shabu; assorted drug paraphernalia; one Caliber .38 revolver loaded with five ammunition; two can with 250g of butane gas with 1 blow torch nozzle; one green can of butane gas; and one unit green SKK mobile phone.

In the early morning of August 10, 2017, suspect identified as Willie Princer, was likewise arrested in his resident at Brgy. Mudiit, Dolores, Abra. Items seized in his residence were 1 Caliber .45 pistol ARMSCOR with expired Firearm License Card; One Firearm box; fourteen live ammunitions for Caliber .45; and two short magazine for Caliber .45.

Moreover, drug pusher identified as Jose Sotiangco Rualo Jr while two drug users identified as Luis Tamolang Camba and Ariel Ander Oligario were arrested in the night of August 10, 2017 at Bubon, Loakan Proper, Baguio City in a buy-bust operation.

During the operation, Rualo tried to evade arrest after handling a sachet of illegal drugs to one of the operatives who acted as a poseur buyer. A brief chase was made until he was arrested inside the house where Camba and Oligario were caught in the act sniffing shabu. Seized from the suspects were 12 sachets of shabu, assorted shabu paraphernalia, pair of Philippine Army Uniform, Firearms license card of Erwin Rio luga and calling card of General Vicente Loot.

On the other hand, eight gamblers were separately arrested after they were caught in the act of playing illegal card game.

In the night of August 12, 2017, gamblers identified as Johnny Colas, 48; Joshua Tindongan, 19, both construction Worker; Angelo Fortunato, 21, and Mark Lawrence Rimando, 27, both unemployed, and all residents of East Modern Site, Aurora Hill, Baguio City were arrested at No. 117 East Modern Site, Aurora Hill, Baguio City.  Confiscated from their possession were 52 dominant red plastic playing card, 1 piece yellow plastic chair/ bench, and bet money amounting to P110.00.

Another four gamblers were also arrested in the afternoon of August 9, 2017 in Brgy. Siblong, Bucay, Abra. They were identified as Edgar Balderas Bicera, 48, utility worker and a resident of Brgy. Bogbog, Bucay, Abra; Juan Paringit Todiño, 76, and a resident of barangay Siblong, Bucay, Abra; Teodulfo Almienda, 65, driver and a resident of Brgy. Layugan, Bucay, Abra; and Jesus Torres Tuscano, 65, Barangay Kagawad and a resident of Brgy. Poblacion, Bucay, Abra. Confiscated from their possession, were 2 sets of “Madjong,” 4 dices and bet money amounting to P830.00.

Arrested gamblers were identified as members of the unlisted “Bicera Group” headed by “Edgar” as their leader who is running the illegal gambling activity in the area.

By HENT

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