Kilo of high-grade cocaine seized in Cavite

By buseman · Jun 2, 2010 · ·
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    A kilo of high-grade cocaine amounting to P2.6 million was seized in a police buy bust operation in Imus Cavite Tuesday, the police said Wednesday.

    One of the suspects identified as Arnold Alima was arrested after selling the illegal drug contained in four sealed plastic bags to a police posing as a buyer at around 3:30 a.m. in Barangay (village) Tanzang Luma, Cavite, said Senior Superintendent Primitivo Tabujara, provincial police director, in a text message.

    Two other suspects identified only through their aliases “Nancy” and “Garcia” sensed the entrapment operation and were able to escape the arrest onboard a Honda Civic car with plate number NAN-24.

    Police conducted pursuit operations by establishing checkpoints along Aguinaldo Highway in Cavite.

    Chief Superintendent Rolando Añonuevo, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) police director, in a statement, said police and drug agents were alerted about the recovered drugs, which could be part of the reported huge amount of cocaine that were delivered in Samar and Bicol last month and were now being peddled in Manila and nearby provinces.

    Maricar Cinco
    Inquirer Southern Luzon

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    Arrested cocaine peddler commits suicide

    A suspected cocaine peddler nabbed on Tuesday for allegedly trying to sell P2.6 million worth of illegal drugs during a buy-bust operation in Cavite province allegedly committed suicide Wednesday morning, police said.

    The CALABARZON (Region 4A) police office cited a report by Senior Superintendent Primitivo Tabujara, Cavite police chief, which said that the suspect, Arnold Alima y Villejo, was found to have strangled himself using his jeans (maong pants) at the steel grill door of the cell where he was detained.

    Alima was 22 years old, single and a resident of Barangay San Rafael in San Pablo City, Laguna.

    Police Officer 2 Lyndon Mindo was reportedly conducting a routine inspection at around 4:40 a.m. at the Police Intelligence Branch (PIB) Annex detention cell when he discovered Alima still gushing for air and still alive.

    The report said members of the PIB-Cavite then rushed the suspected illegal drug peddler to Our Lady of Pillar Hospital in Imus, Cavite where the suspect was given immediate medical attention.

    Despite efforts to resuscitate and revive Alima, the victim was declared dead by attending physician Dr. Marlon Caravana.

    Alima was nabbed Tuesday before dawn in a buy-bust operation by Cavite police with members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Tanzang Luma in Imus, Cavite. He was caught while allegedly selling 519.98 grams of cocaine to a policeman who posed as a buyer.

    Police said he was charged for violation of Sec 5 and Sec 11 Article II of Republic Act 9165 by State Prosecutor Rassendell Rex F. Gingoyon.

    Meanwhile, Mindo, who found the suspect strangled, said that the suspect was visited by some relatives and friends on Tuesday evening. From then on, they noticed that the suspect was behaving abnormally and uncomfortable prompting them to closely monitor his action.

    Tabujara stated in his report that Alima belonged to the Amante Group, which is being closely monitored for illegal drug activity in Laguna and Cavite areas. Two other suspects, identified by police as Nancy and Garcia, eluded arrest during the buy-bust operation Tuesday.

    Chief Superintendent Rolando Añonuevo, acting regional police director, meanwhile directed Tabujara to determine the veracity and circumstances on this suicide incident.

    Añonuevo also ordered other police chiefs in the region to closely monitor the selling of cocaine, which may have come from the botched landing of the illegal drug in a coastal bay in Samar earlier wherein some of the illegal drugs were found by civilians. The drugs are now reportedly being peddled in Manila and in CALABARZON area.

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