Policemen in Kalinga seized 16 small sachets of ‘shabu’ and a 9mm firearm during a raid on the residence of a former drug surrenderer in Bulanao, Tabuk City, Kalinga on January 21. (Photo courtesy of PROCOR-PIO)
CAMP DANGWA, Benguet – After voluntarily giving up to authorities three years ago, two former drug surrenderers were arrested during a recent police raid on a house in Tabuk City, Kalinga.
Police said the suspects Real Gold Olsim, 30; and Celso Bayongawan Capuyan, 24 were nabbed after authorities served the search warrant at the house of Olsim in Barangay Bulanao, Tabuk City last January 21.
The two men also tested positive for illegal drugs.
During the operation, the police raiding team chanced upon Capuyan allegedly buying “shabu” or methamphetamine hydrochloride.
A total of 16 small sachets of shabu and 9-mm. pistol loaded with magazine and ammunition were seized during the operation.
Chief Insp. Sahibon Mamantal, Tabuk city deputy chief of police for administration, said the two men are considered as high-value targets (HVT) based on criteria issued by the Philippine National Police.
“A former drug surrenderer who returns to the same (illegal) activity when caught is classified as a high value target,” he said in a phone interview Wednesday.
Mamantal said Olsim surrendered to the Tabuk city police office during the height of Oplan Double Barrel while Capuyan gave up in Rizal town in Kalinga.
Mamantal said surrenderers are required to undergo a drug rehabilitation program, either under the community-based program initiated by the local government or the police, or at an accredited private institution.
Those who fail to comply with the rehabilitation are monitored, he said.
In a press release issued Tuesday, Chief Supt. Rolando Nana, Police Regional Office - Cordillera director, said an on-site inventory was conducted in the presence of representatives from the media, Department of Justice, barangay officials, and the suspects.
Police will charge the two men with violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Law of 2002 and the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition. (PNA)
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