CAGAYAN policemen late Saturday afternoon stormed a suspected illegal gambling joint in Gattaran municipality where they arrested 38 people engaged in an illegal lottery, a report to Police Regional Office 2 director, Brigadier General Crizaldo O. Nieves said yesterday.
Cagayan Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Ariel N. Quilang said that among those arrested were three suspected maintainers of the illegal gambling den in Barangay Capissayan Norte which was raided 4 p.m. Sunday.
He identified the three as Restine Pajares,35, the resident of the raided dive; Jessahlynne Gammuac,52, of Agaman Norte, Baggao municipality and Charilyn Dacayan,34, of Pina Este, Gattaran.
All suspects are now facing charges for violation of Republic Act 1602 and RA 11332 or the new anti-illegal gambling law.
Quilang said that members of the Gattaran Municipal Police Station headed by Major Edwin Aragon raided the dive and arrested the suspects while in the act of conducting a raffle draw.
He said that the accused failed to present any authority to conduct the lottery specifically from the Department of Trade and Industry and were also found violating the Modified General Community Quarantine rules on social distancing.
Quilang said that recovered during the raid were around 600 tickets sold by the accused and a lottery drum.
Brig. Gen. Nieves earlier ordered an all-out campaign against all forms of illegal gambling activities in Cagayan Valley and instructed his men to fully comply with the ‘no take’ policy of Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa.