‘High-value target’ arrested; P92-K worth of shabu seized

A BUSINESSMAN considered to be a high-value target was arrested in a buy-bust inside his house in St. Michael village, Barangay Daliao, Toril District at 7:45 p.m. last Tuesday.

The Toril police also recovered illegal paraphernalia in his house, which they believed also operates as a drug den.

Chief Insp. Ronald Lao, precinct commander of Toril police, identified the suspect as Michael Soria Cariaga, 45, married. He also owns an Internet cafe just beside his house.

He was arrested after he allegedly handed over a sachet of shabu to a police undercover in exchange of P2,000 marked money. Siezed from his possession were a other two medium sachets of shabu with an estimated amount of P92,000.

Lao said the suspect has been placed under surveillance for a long time. “We’ve monitored him since before but he is so hard to apprehend because he will only sell illegal drugs to those known to him,” he said.

He also said Cariaga won’t usually sell for less than P6,000.

In a separate interview, the suspect denied the allegations against him. “I only used drug once but I’m not a pusher,” Cariaga said.

He is now held in the detention facility of the Toril police for filing of appropriate case in violation of RA 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).

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