2 village cadres, 7 others in Bicol detained for illicit drugs, firearms

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LEGAZPI CITY – Two village officials and seven other people were arrested for illegal drugs and firearms in separate buy and search operations on Thursday, November 17 in the Bicol area.

In a report, Lt. Col. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Bicol police spokesperson, said Jose Conje, 46, a councilor at Barangay Putingbato in Esperanza town, Masbate province, was arrested around 6:30 p.m. In the region.

During the search, police confiscated a .45 pistol, a steel magazine for the same weapon, a .22 revolver with four rounds of live ammunition and an improvised airgun.

Calubaquib said Charlie Manlangit, 45, a village councilor for Barangay Tominawog in the town of San Andres in Catanduanes province, was also arrested at 5:05 a.m.

Authorities recovered six grams of shabu worth 40,800 pesos from his home.

The other seven suspected drug traffickers were arrested in Camarines Sur, Albay and Sorsogon. Most of them also surrendered firearms during the arrests. INQ

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