The Task Force Kasaligan scored anew in its campaign against illegal drugs with the arrest Friday of two suspected big-time drug peddlers in Negros Oriental amid serious allegations that some top law enforcement officials in the province were drug coddlers.
Arrested were Raffy Paner Bandrang, of Raya Saduc in Marawi City, and Ronnie Labe Zerna, married, of Quezon Street in Bais City, Negros Oriental, provincial police director, Sr. Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas said.
Elements of the Negros Oriental Philippine National Police, the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency – all members of the Task Force Kasaligan – arrested the suspects in a drug operation at Judyville Subdivision in Boloc-boloc, Sibulan town.
Confiscated were six big plastic sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, from Bandran, and one ML Kwarta Padala receipt dated March 10, 2011 and four small plastic sachets containing suspected shabu from Zerna.
Inventory of the confiscated items was made in the presence of Department of Justice representative Marlon Manzanares, Neil Rio, a media practitioner and the village chairman of Boloc-boloc, Dennis Omoso.
Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act were filed against the suspects who are now detained at the Dumaguete City police station’s lock-up cell.
The Task Force Kasaligan has vowed to run after suspected drug personalities in Negros Oriental and reports are circulating that Lawas and NBI-Dumaguete Special Investigator Miguel Dungog are receiving “blood money” from drug peddlers.
Both officers denied the allegations and said they were being spread apparently by people whose nefarious activities and threatened by the task force’s massive anti-illegal drugs and anti-illegal gambling operations.*JFP
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