Mindanao Times

3 suspects caught in Toril drug buy-bust

- (By Rhoda Grace B. Saron With Ophelia Trixia Lou Colarte, Diana Mari Losis, and Edenn Mae Aguanta/UM Interns)

THREE alleged drug dealers were arrested by elements of the Toril police in a buy-bust operation conducted in Crossing Bayabas, Toril on Wednesday afternoon.

Maj. Jason Baria, the commander of Toril Police Station, identified the following suspects as Sulliman Elcano, 27, tricycle driver, and a resident of Purok 16, Crossing Bayabas; Ronald Elcano, 23, single, constructi­on worker and a resident of JP Rizal Street, Crossing Bayabas; and James Carl Fernandez, 20, unemployed and a resident of Purok 7, Bangkas Heights.

The buy-bust operation transpired at Purok 16, Crossing Bayabas, Toril, when Elcano gave the police officer a sachet of shabu.

Recovered from their possession were three sachets of suspected shabu

with an estimated weight of five grams, with an estimated value of P40,000, and drug parapherna­lia, including a pack of cigarette containing alleged dried marijuana leaves.

“We will continue haunting those personalit­ies involve in the proliferat­ion of illegal drugs in my area of responsibi­lity, we will not rest, we will double our efforts to arrest you,” he said.

The arrested suspects are now under the custody of the Toril Police Station, a case for violation of RA 9165 or the Comprehens­ive Dangerous Drugs Act is being prepared against them.

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