3 arrested for drug trafficking, carrying weapons

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Photo by Task Force Davao

AUTHORITIES apprehended three people for possession of 70,000 pesos worth of illegal drugs and carrying firearms as part of the election ban on guns in Davao City this weekend.

In a report to the media, Task Force Davao accosted three individuals at Lacson checkpoint, Calinan district in the city on Saturday, April 23.

Security forces apprehended Gerald Garcia, 30, a resident of Purok Dugso, San Pedro, Panabo City; Michael Garcia, 25, resident of Purok Dugso, San Pedro, Panabo City; and Jenelyn Masernas, 25, resident of Quezon, Bukidnon.

The suspects were on a trailer truck from Valencia, Bukidnon traveling to Panabo City via Davao City.

Among the items confiscated were 11 sachets of shabu with a total weight of 4.01 grams and an estimated market value of 70,000 pesos.

A bag of marijuana weighing approximately 1.21 grams and with an estimated market value of 500 pesos was also confiscated, a 9 mm pistol as well as two magazines with 14 round ammunition, a 357 revolver with five round ammunition; cell phones and drug paraphernalia.

The suspect and evidence were immediately turned over to Calinan Police Station for proper disposal.

Another suspect was apprehended at the Bunawan checkpoint the same day.

Authorities arrested Ramon Tusoy Evangelio, 30, a passenger in a public service van (PUV), for transporting 2.76 grams of marijuana with an estimated street value of P331.

He was taken into the custody of Bunawan Police Station for proper disposal.

Those arrested will face charges of violating Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Suspects who were caught with firearms, meanwhile, will be charged with violating Comelec Resolution 10728, which has suspended the license to carry firearms outside the residence for civilians since its inception. entered into force on January 9. They would also face charges in violation of RA 10591 for unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

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