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4 nabbed for drugs, guns

Policemen and troopers of the 6 th Regional Public Safety Battalion arrested four suspects, who include a local government casual employee and a tricycle driver, in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, for having improvised guns and suspected shabu.

Tricycle driver Fernando Saligan was arrested Thursday night for having an improvised gun with seven live ammunition for a .22 caliber magnum revolver, Supt. Santiago Rapiz, Victorias City police chief, yesterday said.

Rapiz said Saligan, 19, was arrested, based on the complaint of his passenger, who claimed to have left behind his wallet in the tricycle driven by the suspect. Saligan, however, denied taking the P1,500 from the wallet of the complainant.

While he was being frisked by the police, an improvised gun with live ammunition was recovered from Saligan, Rapiz added.

On Thursday night, troopers of the 6 th RPSB arrested a certain Romy Boy Bautista at a checkpoint in Barangay 14, Victorias City, also for having an improvised gun with two live ammunition of carbine rifle.

The joint saturation drive of the city police and the 6 th RPSB troopers also led to the arrest of Mitchell Sumaria, a casual employee of the Victorias City government, and Jose Cris Basa, for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Rapiz said two sachets of suspected shabu and its paraphernalia were recovered from Sumaria, 33, a street cleaner, while another sachet of similar prohibited drug was seized from Basa.

Investigation by the Victorias City police showed that Basa had recently been jailed, also for violation of RA 9165, he added.

The four arrested suspects are now detained at the Victorias police jail and Sumaria and Basa have been charged for violation of sections 11 and 12 of RA 9165.*GPB



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