DAET, Camarines Norte—More or less 50 grams of a substance suspected to be methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu was seized by joint elements of Mercedes Municipal Police Station (MPS), the Camarines Norte Provincial Police Office and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Camarines Norte from a 39-year-old suspect in Mercedes town.
The authorities estimate the market value of the illegal drug to be around P300,000.00, according to a report from PSInsp Rogelyn Peratero Calandria, Officer-in-Charge of Mercedes MPS.
The suspect, Dino Malonzo y Glipo, a resident of Purok 3, Barangay 1, Mercedes, Camarines Norte, was arrested after police found in his custody 11 heat-sealed sachets of the illegal drug, along with a plastic sachet containing dried leaves believed to be from a marijuana plant.
Also recovered from the suspect were a caliber .45 pistol and 40 pieces of live ammunition for said firearm.
The warrant of arrest was issued by Judge Arniel A. Dating of RTC Branch 41 here.
The confiscated pieces of evidence have been brought to the Camarines Norte Provincial Crime Laboratory, according to the police.
Meanwhile, the appropriate criminal complaints against the suspect are now being prepared for referral to the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.—BICOLSTANDARD