Gigmoto man arrested for the 2nd time for shabu possession

A resident of Gigmoto who was arrested just a year ago for possession of illegal drugs has been nabbed anew for the same offense.

Last Feb. 25, 2021 at 4 A.M., combined personnel of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEA) Catanduanes under the supervision of provincial officer Agent Rodel Abina,, together with the Gigmoto police station, the Catanduanes Provincial Intelligence Unit (PIU) and the 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company (PMFC) conducted the search at the house of Danilo Alcantara Sr. in barangay District II.

The law enforcers were armed with a warrant issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 42 Presiding Judge Genie G. Gapas-Agbada.

Alcantara, who is reportedly on the Inter-Agency Drug Information Database (IDID), was found in possession of eight sachets containing suspected shabu and supposedly valued at P96,000.00.

It may be recalled that on Jan. 20 2020, Alcantara was arrested after different police units conducted a buy-bust operation at barangay District III, with the suspect yielding 22 small sachets of shabu.

At the time, he was included in the National Watchlist for Illegal Drugs (NWID) and in the Provincial Recalibrated Top 10 Illegal Drug Personalities or priority targets in Catanduanes.

At 7 A.M. of the same day in Virac, a 39-year old casual employee of the municipal government was apprehended for possession of five sachets of shabu weighting about 10 grams and valued at P68,000.00.

Elements of the Virac police, Catanduanes PIU and 1st PMFC had searched the house of Luis Vladimir “Taruc” Joson at the Reyes compound along Real St. in Calatagan Proper on the basis of a warrant issued by Judge Gapas-Agbada.

A day later also in Virac, joint teams from the Virac police, the Regional Police Drug Enforcement Unit (RPDEU), Special Operations Unit, Catanduanes Provincial Intelligence Unit and the Catanduanes 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company conducted a court-ordered search at the residence of Edwardo Torres, 39, in barangay Sogod Tibgao (BLISS).

The police seized seven sachets of suspected shabu weighing an estimated 12 grams with a street value of P81,600.00.

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