Kagawad’s hubby nabbed in drug sting

An agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducts an inventory on the P102,000 worth of suspected shabu seized from a husband of a barangay kagawad in Gargato village, Hinigaran, Negros Occidental Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of PDEA-6)

By Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD City – A husband of a barangay official was arrested for the confiscation of 15 grams of suspected shabu worth P102,000 in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Gargato, Hinigaran, Negros Occidental last Wednesday.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Regional Special Enforcement Team Bravo, arrested a 33-year-old businessman with aliases “Tors,” “Turo,” and “Turing.”

He is a top 2 target-listed drug personality in Hinigaran town and the husband of a barangay kagawad.

According to PDEA, the subject is the son of an alleged former leader of a dismantled drug group operating in Iloilo.

A PDEA agent, who requested anonymity, said that it took them several months to monitor the suspect.

He said the suspect had a previous murder case, but it was reportedly claimed by his father, leading to his release from jail.

The suspect also had a previous case for illegal possession of firearms in Estancia, Iloilo, but was able to post bail, while a similar case in Hinoba-an town was dismissed, the PDEA agent said.

The suspect was also previously charged for illegal possession of dangerous drugs during the service of an arrest warrant for murder in Hinoba-an town, but he applied for plea bargaining, the PDEA agent added.

The recent buy-bust operation was also in coordination with PDEA-Negros Occidental, and Hinigaran Municipal Police Station.

Meanwhile, in E.B. Magalona town, a 19-year-old boy was also apprehended in a drug bust in Barangay Sto. Niño, for the seizure of 10 grams of suspected shabu worth P68,000. He also allegedly yielded a .38 caliber firearm and three ammunition.

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