ZAMBOANGA CITY – Three people, including a former policewoman, were arrested while close to PHP100,000 worth of illegal drugs seized in separate anti-drug operations in this city and in nearby Zamboanga Sibugay province, a top police official announced Monday.
Brig. Gen. Ronaldo Genaro Ylagan, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) director, identified the arrested former policewoman as Charlotte Reyes Foncardas, 39.
Ylagan said Foncardas was arrested by operatives of the Zamboanga City Police Office’s (ZCPO) Station 11 in a buy-bust operation around 5:50 p.m. Sunday in Barangay Pasobolong, this city.
Confiscated from Foncardas were more or less 10 grams of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu packed in 22 heat-sealed plastic sachets worth PHP68,000 and PHP500 marked money.
The two other arrested suspects were identified as Samsudin Sahirin Ascalon, 46, and Khadshamer Johari Sahipa, 20.
He said Asacalon was arrested by joint police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives in a buy-bust operation around 10:50 p.m. Sunday in Sitio Beha, Barangay Libertad, Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay.
Recovered from Ascalon’s possession were some PHP20,100 worth of suspected shabu, a cigarette pack, five PHP1,000 bills boodle money topped with one genuine PHP500 marked bill.
Sahipa was arrested in possession of some PHP10,000 worth of suspected shabu and PHP300 marked money in an anti-drug operation around 5:50 p.m. Sunday in Phase 2, Sitio Asinan, Barangay Kasanyangan, this city.
He said charges of violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against the suspects. (PNA)