Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.--- Fourteen (14) suspects, including three (3) high value targets were arrested, fourty-three (43) sachets of suspected shabu and illegal drugs paraphernalia were confiscated during various police operations conducted in Nueva Ecija, Pampanga and Bulacan.

Yesterday morning (Aug 23), personnel of Pantabangan MPS conducted anti-criminality checkpoint operation in Bermuda Junction, Brgy. East Poblacion, Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija which resulted to the arrest of Ariel ESCUBIO y Pacolor, 49 y/o, married, Assessment Clerk II of Assessor’s Office, Municipality of Pantabangan, resident of said place, categorized as High Value Target and a surrenderer under Oplan Tokhang. During spot inspection, ESCUBIO pull out his wallet when illegal drugs paraphernalia fell on the ground. Seized were one (1) opened transparent plastic sachet containing suspected shabu residue and two (2) aluminum foil strips.

            Meanwhile, elements of Science City of Muñoz Police Station responded to a commotion in Brgy. Bantug, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija which resulted to the arrest of Don Julius MERCULIO y Gonzales, 34 y/o, married, municipal employee, resident of said place, who was caught in the act of throwing illegal drugs paraphernalia. Seized were two (2) rolled aluminum foil with suspected shabu residue and lighter.

            Also, operatives of Lupao MPS implemented Search Warrant No. 29-2017-39 issued by Hon. Judge Cynthia Martinez Florendo of RTC Branch 39, San Jose City, Nueva Ecija dated August 23, 2017 which resulted to the arrest of Brgy. Kagawad Virgilio ANTALAN y Gallarde a.k.a. Iyong of Brgy. Poblacion West, Lupao, 50 y/o, married and ranked No. 4 High Value Target (HVT). Confiscated from ANTALAN’s possession were two (2) crumpled aluminum foil strips, one (1) improvised tooter, both containing suspected shabu residue and lighter.

Similarly, operatives of City of San Jose Del Monte PS conducted buy-bust operation at Dela Rosa Compound, Purok 7, Brgy Sta Cruz 4, CSJDM, Bulacan which resulted to the arrest of Mark Anthony MARAÑA y Bustillo a.k.a. Macmac, 33 y/o, married, jobless Michael LOZADA y Vargas, 30 y/o, married, jobless, JR ALVARIO y Bartolata, resident of Brgy. San Martin 2, CSJDM, Bulacan, Cristina PALAD y Panganiban, 35 y/o, widow, jobless and Patricia Ann CANDELARIO y Garbansos, 18 y/o, single, jobless. Confiscated from their possession were ten (10) heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, one (1) open sachet containing suspected shabu residue, assorted drug paraphernalia and the marked money.

Likewise, this midnight (Aug 24) operatives of Bocaue MPS conducted buy-bust operation in Brgy. Lolomboy, Bocaue, Bulacan which resulted to the arrest of Jomar DELA CRUZ y David and Crisanto MALLARI y Ocampo. Confiscated from the duo were nineteen (19) heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, assorted drug paraphernalia and the marked money.

Relatedly, operatives of Mabalacat CPS conducted buy-bust operation in Brgy. Dapdap, Mabalacat City, Pampanga which resulted to the arrest of Cornelio CAYANAN y Samson a.k.a. Boy Kikig, Peter DAVID, Ara CAYONGCAT y Ocampo, Hadja CAYONGCAT y Ocampo and seizure of fourteen (14) medium heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, illegal drugs paraphernalia and the marked money.

“The entire Central Luzon police force is adamant in launching  police operations to eradicate all forms of illegal drugs in the region as well as ensure the safety and security of the general public,” PRO3 Regional Director, PCSUPT AARON N AQUINO said during an interview.