P240-K worth of mar­i­juana seized in San Si­mon

Sun.Star Pampanga - - STORIES! - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

In a press brief­ing held by Chief of Po­lice In­spec­tor Louie Gon­zaga, the il­le­gal drugs were re­cov­ered from three personalities iden­ti­fied as Chris­tian An­gelo Caluag, 24, from Barangay Calu­lut in City of San Fer­nando, Ken­neth France Orallo, 25, from Bu­la­can, and Marc Rene To­lentino, 31, from Imus Cavite.

Gon­zaga said that dur­ing the buy-bust op­er­a­tion, an un­der­cover po­lice agent was able to pur­chase a roll of dried mar­i­juana leaves from the sus­pect in ex­change for P1,000 marked money.

But dur­ing the dec­la­ra­tion of ar­rest, Gon­zaga said the sus­pects yielded 15 more rolls and two bricks of sus­pected mar­i­juana leaves with a to­tal weight of six kilo­grams amount­ing to some P240,000.

“These guys have long been a sub­ject of mon­i­tor­ing and sur­veil­lance. We have stud­ied their schemes prop­erly be­fore launch­ing this op­er­a­tion to en­sure that they will once and for all be ap­pre­hended,” he said.

Asked for the modus of the sus­pects, Gon­zaga re­vealed that the trio sources their il­le­gal prod­ucts some­where from the Cordillera re­gion and de­liv­ers it to Metro Manila, but con­ducts a quick stop-over in Pam­panga.

“As you can see on the venue of the trans­ac­tion, it is just around the NLEx exit. Their scheme is to just deal with their sup­pli­ers here prior and then drop the items quickly be­fore de­liv­er­ing the re­main­ing il­le­gal drugs to Metro Manila,” he nar­rated.

He, how­ever, said that po­lice op­er­a­tives are still pin­point­ing the sus­pects’ sup­pli­ers in San Si­mon and in other parts of Pam­panga as well as their usual buy­ers for them to also be ap­pre­hended.

“We are al­ready mon­i­tor­ing sev­eral personalities but we have yet to con­firm their in­volve­ment in il­le­gal drugs. Most of these are ac­tu­ally young adults and are em­ployed un­der the BPO (busi­ness process out­sourc­ing) in­dus­try,” he said.

AN SI­MON - A one-time-big time il­le­gal drug op­er­a­tion con­ducted near the North Lu­zon Ex­press­way (NLEx) San Si­mon exit in Barangay Sta. Mon­ica yes­ter­day dawn yielded 16 rolls and two bricks of sus­pected dried mar­i­juana leaves.

Chris Navarro

BUY BUST. San Si­mon Chief of Po­lice Chief In­spec­tor Louie Gon­zaga ques­tions three sus­pected push­ers who were ar­rested dur­ing a buy bust op­er­a­tion in Barangay Sta. Mon­ica, San Si­mon yes­ter­day. The three yielded six ki­los of dried mar­i­juana leaves with a street value of P 240,000. -

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