A suspected drug pusher was nabbed by operatives of the Special Operations Group of the Negros Oriental Philippine National Police Office and the National Bureau of Investigation in a buy-bust operation, at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in Barangay Tubtubon, Sibulan.
Police identified the suspect as Rodel Abad, 27, single, who was arrested in the compound of the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Inc. in Tubtubon, after he handed a transparent plastic sachet of suspected shabu to a police poseur buyer in exchange for P500.
Abad was put under surveillance after police tipsters said he was into illegal drugs sale, the police said.
A .45 caliber handgun with eight rounds of ammunition, a magazine with eight rounds of ammunition, a plastic container with suspected shabu, a digital weighing scale and other suspected drug paraphernalia were also seized from Abad during his arrest, police records add.
A subsequent search of the house where Abad was staying, conducted on the strength of a warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Fe Lualhati Bustamante, yielded two transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu, a .38 caliber revolver with five rounds of ammunition, an improvised tooter and disposable lighters, the police said.
Abad is now under police custody, and charges for illegal drugs sale and possession are being readied against him.*JFP
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