Two arrested in “high-value drug seizure” in Dagupan


TWO high value targets for illegal drugs were arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted by joint elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Pangasinan Police Provincial Office, La Union Police Office, Police Intelligence Unit and the Dagupan Police on May 14 in Barangay Caranglaan, Dagupan City.

With the Pangasinan PPO as the lead unit, the operatives swooped down on Alex Basman and Omar Macapundag as they were about to deliver illegal drugs they brought from Manila traveling on public transport, to their still unknown contacts in Dagupan City and Pangasinan.

The arrest of the two in an operation described by PDEA Region 1 as “high volume seizure,” may have confirmed the suspicion that Dagupan City is already a transshipment point of illegal drugs from Manila for distribution to drug dealers in Pangasinan and Region 1.

Seized from the suspects were two heat-sealed transparent sachets 50 grams of crystalline substance suspected to be shabu worth P340,000,  two cellphones, two black wallets and identification cards for both Basman and Macapundag.

Both suspects were charged for violation of Section 5 of Article II of Article 9165 or the Anti-Drugs Act. (Butch Uka)

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