3 people arrested for drug trafficking during Holy Week in Davao

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Davao City SECURITY forces intercepted three individuals in separate operations for possession of illegal drugs on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, April 14 and 15, respectively.

In a statement, Task Force Davao and the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) arrested a 37-year-old Elvis Bentoso Guanlao at the Bunawan checkpoint on Thursday.

Guanlao, a resident of Consuelo, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur, was arrested after an alleged shabu sachet weighing around 0.13 grams with an estimated street value of P2,080 was apprehended.

Reports said the suspect was on board a utility van heading to Davao City when he was checked in with the contraband.

Meanwhile, two suspects were apprehended on Good Friday.

The first suspect, identified as Jereco Mangigo Cagadas, 44, was arrested at the police checkpoint at Lasang in Bunawan.

Cagadas, who was a passenger in a public utility vehicle (LCV) at the time of the arrest, was apprehended during the mandatory inspection.

Authorities seized a contraband bag weighing approximately 1.22 grams.

Cadagas, a resident of the village of Doña Asuncion in Pampanga, was immediately handed over to the Bunawan police station for a proper decision.

Another suspect, identified as Ronnie Niño L. Uy, 40, was also arrested at the Lasang checkpoint around 8:30 p.m.

Uy, a resident of Tagum City, Davao Del Norte, was on his way to Davao City when he was apprehended.

Uy was arrested after being caught with two sachets of alleged shabu weighing around 1.47 grams with an estimated street value of P23,520 and paraphernalia for drug use.

The two suspects were immediately handed over to Bunawan Police Station for proper disposition.

Task Force Davao Commander Col. Darren Comia expressed dismay at learning that illegal elements are still being smuggled into the city during the observance of Holy Week.

He, however, praised the troops for carrying out their duties even during the holiday season.

Those arrested will be charged with violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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