Retired Nurse Accused of Drug Peddler Arrested in Buy-Bust Operation in Butuan City
Police authorities arrested a retired nurse who was accused of being a drug peddler during the buy-bust operation in Butuan City.
According to a report from Bombo Radyo Butuan, a retired nurse was arrested by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Washington. Mark Anthony Patio, a high-value target, was apprehended, according to PDEA-Caraga.
Authorities are preparing charges against those who were caught up in the operation. During an interview with Bombo Radyo Butuan, PDEA-Caraga information officer Dindo Abellanosa, agents seized a sachet of drugs suspected shabu weighing 5 grams.
He also had a one-gram sachet, P1,000 in buy-bust money, two smartphones, and his PRC license ID. The arrested retired nurse is currently being held by the Surigao City Police Department.
Meanwhile, two (2) narcotics couriers were apprehended after allegedly eluding capture at a police roadblock in Kalinga following the chase. Two alleged couriers of the illegal plant “Maryjane” were caught after a clash with Philippine National Police (PNP) troops.
The suspects were caught at a border check point in the province’s town, according to the news. The police squad sought to serve an arrest warrant on Gumba for his alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade, but they failed to show up at their residence.
After that, his team received intelligence on a suspicious vehicle allegedly trafficking illegal drugs from Kalinga to Metro Manila, forcing them to establish border controls. When officers arrived to serve an arrest warrant, they drew the vehicle away from the checkpoint while brandishing a firearm.
As a result, the two suspects opened fire on the officers, prompting the officer to strike the driver in the left foot, causing him to lose control and smash into the rice field. The accused was found with ten marijuana bricks worth P1.2 million, a cal 9mm Smith and Wesson with a magazine and four bullets, two hand grenades, and P13,750 in cash.
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