Wednesday, March 14, 2018
[caption id="attachment_140129" align="aligncenter" width="1030"] Five illegal drug-pushing suspects stand by in Jenn-Ann Videoke Bar and Talabahan in Barangay Buntatala, Leganes, Iloilo after their arrest. LEGANES POLICE STATION[/caption]
ILOILO City – Five drug-pushing suspects were caught in a videoke bar in Barangay Buntatala, Leganes, Iloilo.
Police claimed they were members of a new drug group operating in the city and province of Iloilo.
Twenty-five sachets of shabu valued at P75,000 were seized by the police from Bryan Salas, 30, of Barangay Calumpang, Molo district; Maelyn Poblador, 31, of Barangay Baluyan, Cabatuan town; Joshua Plohimon, 26, of Barangay Buntatala, Leganes; Isidro Cuerpo, 42, of Barangay Sinikway, Lapuz district; and Jorrey Sepada, 34, of Barangay Buntatala, Leganes.
All were detained at the Leganes police station lockup cell.
Officers from the Police Regional Office 6’s Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU) and the Leganes police station staged the operation at around 12:30 a.m. on March 8 in Jenn-Ann Videoke Bar and Talabahan.
Senior Inspector Dadje Delima, Leganes police chief, said their target was Salas, the leader of what they called the “Salas group.”
Salas led the transport of drugs from Iloilo City to Leganes and other nearby towns while the four others “conspired” with him by making drug sale transactions, said Delima.
Delima further said they learned about Salas’ whereabouts from a tipster who said the suspect delivered drugs to Leganes twice already.
RDEU chief Senior Inspector Kennith Bermejo said they learned from informants that Salas supplied prohibited drugs to three siblings caught in a drug operation on March 5 in Barangay Baluyan, Cabatuan.
Bermejo identified the three siblings as Michael Ontanillas, 35, Myka Ontanillas, 25, and Marissa Ontanillas-Villarosa. They yielded 19 sachets of shabu valued at P35,000.
Maelyn Poblador was a sister of the Ontanillases, Bermejo said.
Police also arrested Myka Ontanillas’ live-in partner, 39-year-old Sheirry Gadian, during the Cabatuan operation.
“Salas would often be seen in towns near Iloilo City. His supplier was from Barangay Desamparados, Jaro but he refused to disclose their name,” Bermejo said, citing intelligence information.
All five suspects caught in Leganes face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN