DAGUPAN CITY - At least 300 grams of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride also known as shabu with a street value of P2 million were confiscated by law enforcers in a joint operation under Oplan Lambat Sibat ‘One Time-Big Time’ operation at Sitio Silungan in Bonuan Binloc on October 22 here.
Implementing multiple search warrants against six suspected drug dens operating in the area, lawmen numbering some 200 also seized P111,000 cash believed used in the drug trade, six undocumented motorcycles and arrested 14 persons, all believed involved in the illegal drug trade.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Regional Director Adrian G. Alvariño identified those arrested as Noralyn Acmad Musor, 20 years old, single; Jenny Ann Mejia Magsano, 20 years old, single; Dennis Decena Molina, 17 years old, single; Mohamad Malaud Macabanaw, of legal age, married; Sahara Suba y Sumaguina, 17 years old, married; Namraida S. Panganting, 20 years old, married; Raihana Gubat Pangandag, 23 years old, single; Ameroding Macaombang Cusingan,16 years old, single;
Mohamad Panganting Sumaguina, 33 years old, married; Regine Magsano y Casido, 21 years old, married; Ferdinand Decena y Gabrillo Sr., 47 years old, married; Fermin Decena y Calaunan, 25 years old, single; Princess Decena y Calaunan, 24 years old; and Asgar B. Aguinda, 26, married, who has a standing warrant of arrest also for illegal drugs and leader of a drug group.
Alvariño added that accordingly the suspects are getting their supply from Region III, Region IV-A and the National Capital Region (NCR) and they also act as suppliers of illegal drugs in nearby municipalities.
P/Supt. Christopher Abrahano, chief of police of Dagupan, disclosed that this was the result of their five-month case build-up and surveillance in the area in partnership with the PDEA and the local government of Dagupan.
The raid at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 was participated in by the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office, PNP Maritime, Philippine Coastguard, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Naval Intelligence, Land Transportation Office and the office of the warrant officer of the Regional Trial Court in Dagupan City.
P/SSupt. Rolly Saltat, officer-in-charge of the Pangasinan Police Office, said that more of this operation will be done in the coming days under the Lambat Sibat ‘One Time-Big Time’ project of the PNP.
On the other hand, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez lauded the effort of the PNP, PDEA and all the other law enforcement agencies in going against drug dens in the city.
“This is a major headway in our serious campaign against the operations of drug merchants in our city. We are sending this as a stern warning against those who seek to destroy the future of our children," said Fernandez during a news conference at the Dagupan City Police Station shortly after the raid.
"We will never rest and we will put a stop on this activity to protect our children against these heartless people. It is a pity that some of them are women but we cannot do anything but to bring them to jail while we will continue to rehabilitate those affected," the mayor said.
Fernandez said since the city launched the Anti-Drug hotline 0947-377-7777, several information through text messages sent by concerned citizens have been coming in, which resulted to the arrest of several drug personalities in the city. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)