Police records show that Manuel Lauta is watchlisted as the number 2 personality in the Bicol Region who is said to be involved in illegal drugs.
During the implementation of the search warrant at the residence of the said persons, the operatives were able to seize the following items: 9 pieces of plastic sachet containing suspected shabu; two calibre .38 revolvers; two pieces of hand grenade; one smoke grenade; assorted kinds of ammunition; and 6 pieces of illegal drug paraphernalia.
Lauta has been the subject of continues police surveillance since the full implementation of the Project Double Barrel of the Duterte administration.
The said suspect is said to be one of the major suppliers of the illegal drugs not only in the this town but also in the adjacent municipalities in the Rinconada Area and the Province of Albay.
Upon his arrest, he was placed at the police detention cell here while the cases are being prepared to be filed.
They will be charged with violation of R.A. 9165 (for illegal drugs) and R.A. 10591 (for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition).