By Mar Supnad
CAMP GEN FLORENDO, La Union- After almost 5 years of hiding, the 2nd most wanted person among the notorious drug pushers was finally arrested Tuesday night by joint elements of Santiago PNP, Ilocos Sur police and Caloocan police who operated all the way from Metro Manila.
Sr. Inspector Aristeo Tajon, chief of police of Santiago, Ilocos Sur, identified the fugitive as Renato Collado Tengsico, former president of Association of Barangay Captains and native of Poblacion Norte, Santiago town.
“We conducted the intelligence build-up until we were able to trace him in Caloocan city,” said Capt Tajon.
Tengsico was dubbed as the co-leader of the Tengsico-Cabreros criminal group which was engaged in illegal drugs in the 2nd District of Ilocos Sur.
Tajon said Tengsico was listed under PRRD Level 2, previously at-large for having been convicted for violation of Section 11 of RA 9165.
The report said that Tengsico, listed as one of the high value target of Ilocos Sur police and a resident of Brgy. Poblacion Norte, Santiago, Ilocos Sur was caught off guard inside his rented apartment at Caldino Apartment, Block 1, Lot 28, 1st Street, Shelter Ville Subdivision, Brgy 171. Caloocan City when the government forces swooped down on his hideout.
His arrest was based on a warrant of arrest for being convicted for violation of Sec. 11 of RA 9165 issued by Judge Sixto Deompoc of RTC Br 72, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur.
Police said the case against the Tengsico stemmed from the anti-drugs operation conducted against the target on August 29, 2013 in the municipality of Santiago, Ilocos Sur that resulted in the confiscation of 11.456 grams of shabu from his possession, control and custody.
During the arrest, the following items were also seized: four (4) sachets of crystal like believed to be shabu and one (1) weighing scale.