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Police arrest drug suspect in top 10 list


A DRUG suspect, listed top 10 priority target under drug watch list of the Municipality of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon was arrested during a buy-bust operation Sunday afternoon.

In a report submitted to the Police Regional Office – 10, Chief Insp. Ritchie Yandug, officer-in-charge of Manolo Fortich Municipal Police, identified the suspect as Arnold Lompon, 31, a resident of P-6 Brgy. Lingi-on, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

Recovered from the suspect’s possession is one sachet of suspected shabu which was purchased by a poseur buyer from Lompon.

Also confiscated from Lompon’s possession were the four pieces P100 bills with serial number CY465956, CV786353, G178483, and DU656394 recovered from his possession and an black LG cellphone.

Yandug said Lompon already surrendered at their office during “Oplan Tokhang” last July 5, 2016 and was listed in their top 10 priority drug watch list.

Lompon’s arrest was done in the presence of Barangay Chairman Elbern J. Onahon of Barangay Lingi-on, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon who reportedly resisted arrest from the arresting officers.

Seized items together with the suspect were brought to the PNP Crime Laboratory 10, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City for examination. Case for Violation of R.A. 9165 is now being prepared against the suspect for filing of case in court.

Meanwhile, members of the Municipal Drug Enforcement Unit of Manolo Fortich Municipal Police Station also headed by Yandug in coordination with Cagayan de Oro City Police Office Police Station 6 headed by Senior Insp. Gumer Ladera and personnel of Regional Drug Enforcement Unit conducted buy-bust operation in coordination with PDEA 10 with Pre Ops No. 3002-072017-0265 which resulted to the arrest of Melanie Mason, 31, and a resident of Z-1, lower Bantiles, Bugo.

Purchased from the suspect was one sachet of alleged shabu with estimated street value of P3,2120, siezed from the possession was the P500 buy-bust money.

Mason is temporarily detained at PS6 Mini Cell, here for proper disposition while seized items were brought to Regional Crime Laboratory, Patag, for qualitative and quantitative examination

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