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Caloocan cops nab alleged big-time pusher, seize P35oK worth of shabu, guns, ammo

An estimated P350,000 worth of suspected “shabu,” illegal firearms and ammunition were seized from an alleged big-time drug pusher during a raid in Caloocan City today.

Authorities from the Caloocan police arrested Arnold Dela Cruz, 46, jobless, of Nadurata Street in Barangay 27, Maypajo. Seized from him were around 100 grams of suspected shabu, police said.

Dela Cruz was listed as pusher in the barangay drug watchlist and has an ongoing drug case in Navotas City, said Police Community Precinct (PCP) 2 commander Senior Insp. Dave Anthony Capurcos.

Armed with a search warrant issued by Judge Georgina Hidalgo of Caloocan City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 122, the raiding team swooped down on the house of Dela Cruz around 11 a.m.

Dela Cruz did not resist arrest and surrendered a big pack of alleged shabu which he placed at the ceiling.

Police also recovered a caliber .9mm pistol, caliber .38 revolver, assorted ammunition, bladed weapons and drug paraphernalia.

Dela Cruz admitted that he was a drug courier and uses illegal drugs twice a day, said city police’s chief Senior Supt. Jemar Modequillo.

Meanwhile, Capurcos clarified that the subject of the search warrant was for illegal firearms after a concerned citizen reported Dela Cruz’s possession of guns in the area.

Appropriate charges will be filed against Dela Cruz who is now detained at the Caloocan police detention cell. (Kate Louise Javier)

Six drug suspects arrested during separate operations in Caloocan

Six drug suspects, including two women, were nabbed during separate operations in Caloocan City Friday night.

First to fall in the hands of the Caloocan police were Jose Apilado, 38, of Caloocan City; Rolly Guizon, 36, of Quezon City; Erika Domingo, 21, of Caloocan City; and Dianna Rose Mallari, 23, of Quezon City. All are jobless and were not included in the drug watchlist, said SPO2 Peter Joseph Villanueva, case investigator.

Elements from Police Community Precinct (PCP) 1 responded to a report regarding an alleged pot session inside an alleged drug den in Barangay 143.

Upon arrival, the four drug suspects were caught allegedly sniffing shabu, police said.

Recovered from them were a heat-sealed plastic sachet of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia.

Around 10 p.m., sachets of suspected shabu were seized from two men who were apprehended for being shirtless during Oplan Galugad in Barangay 177.

They were identified as Allan Delos Reyes, 31,  and Mark Gallano, 28, both jobless and residents of Caloocan City. Delos Reyes and Gallano were not included in the drug watchlist, said PO1 lester Alpecho.

Charges will be filed against the arrested suspects who are now detained at the Caloocan police detention cell. (Kate Louise Javier)

7 hurt in 5-vehicle pileup in QC

Seven persons were injured when a truck allegedly lost its brake resulting in a five-vehicle pileup in Quezon City this afternoon.

Supt. Cipriano Galanida, chief of the Quezon City Police District Traffic Enforcement Unit, said an Isuzu Forward truck driven by a certain Eriberto Acosta allegedly lost its control hitting vehicles in front of him.

Based on the initial report from DTEU, the incident happened at past 12 p.m. on the corner of San Mateo Road and Northview in Barangay Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

It appears that the truck driven by Acosta carrying steels bumped a taxi in front of him and a delivery truck before hitting an electrical post.

Due to the force, the taxi subsequently hit a public utility jeepney carrying passengers that also hit a private car.

Seven persons including the taxi driver and a female pedestrian sustained injuries and were brought to the East Avenue Medical Center for treatment.

Traffic investigators have yet to identify the victims as investigation is underway as of this posting.

The truck driver, on the other hand, is now under the custody of the QCPD Traffic Sector 5 while a case of reckless imprudence is being readied against him. (Alexandria Dennise San Juan)

Four drug suspects nabbed by police during buy-bust operation in QC

Four alleged drug personalities were nabbed by the police during a buy-bust operation in Quezon City before dawn Saturday.

Supt. Benjamin Gabriel Jr., newly installed chief of Fairview Police Station (PS-5). identified the arrested drug suspects as Mark Anthony Faylogna, 30; Nelson Grefiel, 32; Emler Navarro, 48; and Ato Apostol, 20; all from Barangay Sta. Lucia, Quezon City.

Police said a confidential informant reported at their police station about the illegal activity of the group who are rampantly selling illegal drugs in their area.

Upon confirming the information, joint personnel of the PS-5 Drug Enforcement Unit and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency carried out a drug sting operation against the suspects at around 2 a.m. along Pechayan Street in Barangay Pasong Putik, Quezon City.

During the transaction of the police poseur-buyer with the suspects, operatives immediately collared them.

Confiscated from their possession were five sachets of suspected shabu, and the marked money.

Apprehended suspects will be facing drug-related charges. (Alexandria Dennise San Juan)

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