CAMP DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet – Four persons involved in illegal drugs trade and illegal firearms were arrested in separate operations over the past days.
On illegal drugs trade, joint operatives of the Baguio City Police Office and members of the PDEA-CAR conducted a drug sting operation against one Rafael Sotelo Rancapan alias Paeng, 39, Barangay Kagawad and resident of BGH Compound, Baguio City in the early morning of August 30, 2017 at Barangay Lualhati, Baguio City. Seized from his possession were one heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing suspected shabu and a buy-bust money amounting to P1,000.00.
Another female drug peddler identified as Rowella Maso Delfin, 45, presently residing at Tacay Road, Fairview, Baguio City was nabbed in the afternoon of September 3, 2017 at barangay Lourdes Extension, Naguilian Road, Baguio City. Seized from her possession were two heat sealed transparent plastic sachet containing suspected shabu, cash money amounting to P1,000.00 and boodle money amounting to P4,000.00.
On the other hand, two individuals armed with firearms were caught at a residence in Bangbangar, Bangued, Abra in the night of September 3, 2017. Bangued MPS personnel identified the suspects as William Baroña Palecpec alias Willy, 48, farmer, a resident of Malapaao, Langiden, Abra and Jonathan Betunio Ballesta, 27, unemployed, and a resident old Bañacao, Bangued, Abra.
Confiscated from their possession were one color blue sling bag containing one Colt caliber .45 with serial number 936185, inserted with a magazine loaded with four live ammunition, another one magazine for cal.45 loaded with four live ammunitions, one camouflage sling bag containing one Taurus caliber 9mm with defaced serial number inserted with a 9mm magazine loaded with five live ammunitions, another extra 9mm magazine loaded with five live ammunitions, cash money amounting to P6,420.00, one necklace, one power bank, and one red booklet. Suspects failed to present pertinent documents of the said firearms that led to their arrest.
Suspects are now under the custody of the concerned operating units while appropriate charges were filed against them in court.
By Dexter A. See