Soldier, couple jailed for drugs

October 26, 2019

THREE known ‘high-value’ drug targets in Cotabato, one of them an Army detachment commander,  were arrested by security forces during separate buy-bust operations last Thursday and Friday, Police Regional Office 12 director, Brigadier General Alfred S. Corpus reported yesterday.

In a report to Philippine National Police Officer-in-Charge, Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the Central Mindanao police director said that Sergeant Oscar Dapriza, an Army detachment commander in Barangay Lampagang in Tulunan, North Cotabato, yielded a gram of shabu  worth P6,800 and the buy-bust money during an entrapment operation in Bgy. New Bunawan at 2:55 p.m. Thursday.

Corpus said that members of the PRO12 Regional Drug Enforcement Unit, the Tulunan Municipal Police Station, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Army’s 39th Infantry Battalion were involved in the sting which led in the arrest of the soldier along with his cohort Myrene Ferino, 45, a resident of Glan, Sarangani.

Sgt. Dapriza was also stripped of his 9mm Glock 17 pistol with two magazines each containing eight live ammunition. The suspect’s motorcycle was also impounded by the police.