8 drug suspects busted in Surigao City hotel
BUTUAN CITY – Operatives of Surigao City Police Station (SCPS) swooped down on a hotel room in Surigao City just after midnight Friday, and arrested eight drug suspects, a flash report reaching regional police headquarters here yesterday said.
In an initial report received by Chief Supt. Rolando B. Felix, regional director of Northeastern Mindanao Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) from Surigao del Norte Police Provincial Office (PPO) Director Senior Supt. Antony B. Maghari, intelligence personnel of SCPS conducted buy-bust entrapment operations in room 504 of the Hive Hotel Suites located at Rizal St., Barangay Washington, Surigao City at 1 a.m.
The authorities nabbed suspected drug pushers, identified as Bryan Rhey B. Tigbas, alias “YanYan”, 19 and his alleged live-in partner Jackie L. Bacor, 24, alias “Jackielyn”, both of Dulong Roxas Extension, Barangay Washington of that same city.
The six visitors inside the room of the two alleged drug pushers were also nabbed in the raid. These were Mark Anthony E. Zape, Lloyd B. Tuldo, Che-Che F. Doredo, Eduardo F. Gercan, Ryan B. Morales, and Grace C. Morales.
Maghari said operatives of SCPS, assisted by the Surigao del Norte PPO and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents were still assessing and determining the exact quantity and worth of seized suspected shabu during the operation.
The operating police force also seized from the suspects several drug paraphernalias and marked money, he said.
However, during the body search conducted by the operating police force on Doredo and Morales, no illegal drugs nor drugs paraphernalia was found on them, Maghari claimed.
“All suspects refused to acknowledge the items as reflected in the receipt/inventory of property seized and further refused to sign the certificate of orderly search,” said Maghari.
He also said the operation was witnessed by local officials, members of the Department of Justice and Surigao City local media.
All confiscated items and the suspects were immediately brought to the headquarters of SCPS for further investigation, documentation and disposition, he added.