CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – the PRO1’s (Police Regional Office 1) intensified campaign against illegal drugs and loose firearms scored following the arrest of four individuals during the buy-bust operation staged in Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union, Wednesday morning (November 25).
In his report to the Chief, PNP, Police General Debold M Sinas, PRO 1 Regional Director Police Brigadier General Rodolfo S Azurin Jr. identified the suspects as Christian Casugay Rivera, 29; Harvey Munar Singson, 40; Medrick Arafiles Dela Cruz, 21; Michelle Leria Luken, 23.
Based on the report reaching the camp, the operatives conducted a buy-bust operation and service of Warrant of Arrest under Criminal Case No. 13725 issued by Hon Victor O Conception, Presiding Judge, RTC Branch 66, San Fernando City, La Union against Christian C Rivera for Violation of Section 5, Article II of Republic Act 9165. Rivera was also identified as the leader of Rivera Drug Group operating in Region 1 and was a subject of manhunt operations.
During the implementation of the said Warrant of Arrest, one of the suspects identified as Harvey M Singson fired his firearm at the arresting team prompting the operative to fire back. Fortunately, no casualties were incurred during the said incident.
PBGen Azurin said the operatives were able to seize the following items: one (1) piece plastic sachet containing suspected shabu; one (1) piece genuine 1,000 peso bill (marked money); two (2) Uzi firearm; one (1) hand grenade; four (4) pieces caliber .22 pistols loaded with magazines and ammunition; two (2) caliber .45 pistols loaded with magazines and ammunition; one (1) 375 replica revolver; assorted magazines and live ammunition; three (3) handheld radio; six (6) cellphones; 21 pcs heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu with an estimated weight of 20 grams and with DDB estimated value of Php 136,000.00; digital weighing scale and different drug paraphernalia.
Meanwhile, the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) also conducted an immediate investigation on the place of incident and was able to recover one (1) unit caliber 9 mm Taurus pistol loaded with 6 ammunition, 4 cartridge cases of 9mm, 5 fired cartridge case for cal 5.56 and 1 deformed fire bullet.
The said accomplishment is in line with the standing order of the PNP Chief Police General Debold M Sinas to focus on revitalized police operations on anti-illegal drugs, in the apprehension of high-value targets or individuals including their associates and networks.
“Let us continuously sustain the momentum in terrorizing illegal drugs and bring this campaign successful for our community people whom we are sworn to serve and protect. This is not the endpoint of our efforts, we will strengthen our operation to apprehend drug personalities,’’ PBGen Azurin said.
He also added that to ensure that all police stations are working together, full implementation of operations on illegal drugs must be constantly made.
The joint operatives who conducted the said buy-bust operation were composed of personnel from San Juan Municipal Police Station, La Union Provincial Intelligence Unit, PDEARO1, SWAT LUPPO, RMFB1, MARPTSA, RID, and LUPMFC.
The suspects together with the seized pieces of evidence are now under the custody of San Juan Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.
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