4 nabbed in drug den raid

 CALASIAO—Joint police and anti-narcotics elements raided a suspected drug den and seized 20.9 grams of shabu, gun and ammunition on June 4 in Barangay Nalsian here.

Nabbed were Michael Panay, 42, Richard Villacorta, 40, and Teofilo Villacorta, 32, all of Nalsian this town and Matthew Soriano, 33, of A..B. Fernandez East, Dagupan City.

P/Lt. Col. Franklin Ortiz, officer-in-charge town police chief, said the operatives  implemented a search warrant and confiscated one caliber. 22 loaded with five bullets, three bullets for cal. 9mm, sachets of shabu with a combined weight of 20.9 grams, and cash worth P13,465.00 from one of the suspects.

Meanwhile, P/Col. Redrico Maranan, acting police director, said in an interview that the profiling of foreign nationals temporarily residing in Pangasinan is an ongoing program of the police through the “Brothers Keepers” Program.

Maranan’s predecessor, P/Col. Wilson Joseph Lopez, had recommended to their higher authorities the profiling of foreign nationals in Pangasinan by the police chiefs across the province following the interception and confiscation of P124-million worth of shabu and the arrest of four Chinese nationals in a drug operation in Urdaneta City recently.

In every community of foreigners, there are designated focal persons who identify their fellow foreigners in a particular area, Maranan said.

He said he expects an effective collaboration to keep track of presence of strangers in all communities since the point persons are required to report new arrivals and continued presence of strangers.

Maranan said follow up operations are being conducted to gather more evidence of resurging activities of drug syndicates in the province.

Meanwhile, he clarified that there is no truth to a newspaper report that shabu in Pangasinan is now reportedly sold like candies.

“Those are just metaphors,” he added. (PhilStar Wire Service)

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