Tuesday, September 16, 2014

2 marine soldiers arrested in anti-drug operation in Pagadian City

From the Philippine News Agency (Sep 16): 2 marine soldiers arrested in anti-drug operation in Pagadian City

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur -- Combined police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives have arrested two soldiers in a drug buy-bust operation in this city, a top police official announced Tuesday.

Provincial police director Senior Supt. Sofronio Ecaldre identified the arrested soldiers as Corporal (Cpl.) Ryan Depuno and Private First Class (PFC) Silvano Jenisan, both members of the Philippine Marines assigned in Cotabato City.

Ecaldre said the two suspects were arrested in a drug buy-bust operation near a pension house around 5 p.m. Monday along Padpad Road, Barangay San Jose, this city.

He said the buy-bust operation was carried out after the two suspects agreed to “sell and deliver” shabu to a PDEA agent who pretended to be a buyer.

He said the arresting team confiscated from the suspects’ possessions a caliber .45 pistol with 19 rounds of live ammunition and 15 small-sized heat-sealed plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu.

He said the suspects are detained and a case for violation of Sections 5 and 11, Article II of Republic Act 9165 is readied to be filed against them.

He said that Depuno and Jenisan are residents of this city and Cagayan de Oro City, respectively.


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