Mon, 06 Dec 2021

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Government agents have arrested a high-value target (HVT) drug personality and seized over PHP734,000 worth of suspected shabu in an anti-drug operation here, a top police official announced Friday.

Col. Rexmel Reyes, city police director, identified the arrested HVT suspect as Kevin Tommy, 27, of Barangay Tumaga, this city.

Reyes said the suspect was nabbed during a buy-bust operation at Cabato Lane, Barangay Canelar around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Seized from the suspect's possession were two large-sized heat-sealed plastic sachets of suspected shabu worth PHP734,400, a bundle of boodle money topped with one genuine PHP1,000 bill used as marked money, two paper bags, and a motorcycle.

The suspect now faces charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Also on Thursday, another drug suspect who has a pending court case was arrested in this city.

Reyes said the suspect, identified as Benjie Diada, 33, was apprehended around 1 p.m. at Lacaste Drive, Barangay Pasonanca.

He said Diada has a standing warrant of arrest for violation of RA 9165 issued by a local court on October 7.

He said the court did not recommend bail for the violation of the law's Section 5, while a PHP200,000 bail has been set for the violation of Section 11 of the same law.

Reyes said the city police remains relentless in its campaign against illegal drugs amid the challenges posed by the global pandemic. (PNA)

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