By Bonita Ermac
LUGA-IT, Misamis Oriental – A councilor of this town was arrested by authorities on Wednesday, January 15, by virtue of a search warrant issued against him by a Misamis Oriental court judge for possession of illegal drugs and a grenade.
Lugail Municipal Police Station Commander P/Lieutenant Nilo C. Maderse identified the suspect as Dennis Bacatan, 49.
The Lugait councilor was arrested in Purok Mauswagon, Barangay Poblacion.
Maderse said Bacatan was ranked as No. 1 in their list of high-value targets in the region.
The operation was conducted by virtue of Search Warrant for the violation of RA 9165 issued by Judge Renato Arroyo, presiding judge of the 10th MCTC, 10th Judicial Region, Manticao, Misamis Oriental.
Among the items recovered from the suspect were P12,800 cash, four cellular phones, a big plastic transparent sachet containing three medium size plastic sachets with white crystalline substance believed to be shabu, and a fragmentation grenade. The police said the suspected shabu has an estimated weight of 15 grams and a value of P100,000.
Bacatan was brought to Lugait Municipal Police Station and will face drug charges for violation of Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.