5 nabbed in pot session

Five individuals were arrested while having a pot session in Purok 1-B, Bacuring, Barangay Madaum, Tagum City, Davao del Norte at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday. However, the original target escaped.

Two of the arrested suspects were from Davao City. They were identified as Rogelio Melgazo, 54, and Loreto Ustan, 52. Both are from Barangay 76-A (Bucana).

Other suspects, all from Davao del Norte, were identified as Enrique Principe, 31, of Purok Bagsakan, Visayan Village, Tagum City; Arnel Mercado, 33, a resident of Purok Mangga, Gredu, Panabo City; and Jetcyl Mango Agtong, 23, of Purok 6, Barangay Minda, Carmen.

The original target Wilmar Pabaya, however, was able to elude arrest.

Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz, the spokesperson of Police Regional Office 11, said agents from the Tagum City Police Station, Davao del Norte Provincial Intelligence Branch and Intel Operatives of Regional Maritime Unit 11 conducted the operation.

Seized from the suspects were seven sachets suspected to contain shabu, an opened sachet that contained suspected shabu residues, an aluminum strip, two rolled aluminum tooters, an improvised tooter, a yellow disposable lighter and one blue disposable lighter attached with aluminum needle.

Appropriate charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) are being readied against the suspects who are now all detained at the Tagum City Police Station.

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