Cagayan Valley cops haul to jail 25 men wanted for drugs, other crimes

TWENTY-FIVE men wanted for drugs and other major crimes in Cagayan Valley were arrested by the local police in a series of anti-crime operations this week,  Police Regional Office 2 OIC Brig. Gen. John Cornelius Jambora said yesterday.

Four of the suspects identified as Quirico Llantada alias “Renan,” Joajie Salvio, 42; Ricardo Aguilar, 40; and Apolonio Pastolero, 57, were arrested last Thursday.

Llantada was arrested in a. buy-bust operation in Galo Street, Purok 3 in Bgy. Dubinan West, Santiago City.

Salvio was arrested in front of the Met Met Videoke Bar in Hernandez Compound, Bgy. Almaguer North in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya  while in possession of an illegal firearm.

Aguilar was arrested after operatives of the PRO2 recovered a cal. .45 pistol and a hand grenade in his house.

Pastolero was nabbed after police found 21 live cal. .45 ammunition and various illegal drug paraphernalia in his piggery farm and residence.

Seven other  suspects were arrested in separate buy-bust operations.

Another suspect, Francis Mart “Bong” Apolinario,’ a 37-year old barangay kagawad included in the list of the Philippine National Police Directorate for Intelligence was arrested in a sting in Purok Uno, Bgy. Minuri in Jones, Isabela.

The two other arrested suspects were Jerry Manuel Labarias, 28, a farmer, and his partner April Labarias,26, both residents of Purok 4, Bgy. Nabbuan in Santiago City in Isabela. They were caught in a buy-bust operation in Purok 3 in Rizal, Santiago City.

Two other suspected drug dealers, Rolly Galapon,42; and Josephus Eusebio, 33, were arrested in separate buy-bust operations in Nueva Viscaya and Isabela province.

All suspects are facing non-bailable charges for sale and possession of dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Jambora also announced the arrest of 10 wanted persons in the region, two of them included in the Top Most Wanted Persons in Cagayan Valley during a string of manhunt operations.