A SUSPECTED drug pusher was arrested morning of May 17, 2017 for alleged shabu peddling at the parking area of the Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo.
Alvin Jalandoni, 33, of R. Mapa St., Barangay Airport, Mandurriao, Iloilo City was collared by members of the PNP Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU-6) and Cabatuan Police Station after he allegedly sold a sachet of shabu for P1,200 to an undercover agent.
Jalandoni also yielded 50 more sachets of purported shabu with an estimated street value of P60,000 after he was frisked.
Citing their investigation, Chief Inspector Engilbert Banquillo, Cabatuan police chief, said the suspect decided to deal shabu at the airport “kay mainit na daw sya sa syudad (Police are hot on his trail).”
“He claimed he’d be more inconspicuous if he’d transact outside of Iloilo City,” Banquillo added.
Jalandoni arrived on board a taxi cab and conducted the transaction at the waiting area of the airport’s parking lot around 6:30 a.m.
During the interrogation after his arrest, Jalandoni squealed that his main source is a certain Oliver Tubungbanua, 36, of Barangay Benedicto, Jaro, Iloilo City.
Members of the RDEU-6, together with the Iloilo City Police Station 3, immediately conducted a follow-up operation against Tubungbanua.
The alleged supplier was arrested 9 a.m. yesterday in another buy-bust operation at Barangay CC-El 98 St., Jaro where he sold P30,000 worth of suspected shabu to a police poseur buyer.
Recovered from Tubungbanua’s possession was a mobile phone and the P30,000 marked money.
Inspector Raul Camandillo of Jaro PNP said Tubungbanua is a newly-identified drug personality.
The suspects are now separately detained but both will be charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).