By Staff
Published 10:15 PM, February 26, 2021

Caibiran, Biliran— A construction foreman of a bridge being constructed to cut short the travel time from Brgy. Cabibihan to the town proper was arrested during a buy-bust by combined forces led by PDEA and the police about 11:10 in the morning on Thursday (Feb 25) at Brgy. Cabibihan of this municipality.D

PDEA Intelligence Officer 1 Hilbert R. Daan identified the suspect as Ruben Asentista, a.k.a “Bobet”, 34, with live-in-partner, foreman of MV Quirante Builders, a native of Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte, and presently residing at Sitio Tanghas, Bgry. Tomalistis, Caibiran, Biliran.

The authorities told the media covering the operation that the suspect has been listed as a Street Level Individual drug personality in the town of Caibiran several months after the construction firm he works with started constructing the short cut bridge. They said that after receiving information that the suspect was allegedly involved in illegal drugs activity in the area, they conducted surveillance on the suspect and after a month they learned he was indeed selling the illegal drugs of shabu to his fellow construction workers, especially those in night shifts.

Recovered from the possession of the suspect was one sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu procured by an operative in the amount of P1000.

During body search in front of Chairman Nelson G. Corpin of Brgy. Brgy. Cabibihan, DOJ Representative Leonard Javinez and media personality Anthony Marlon C Mecaral, the searching agent recovered from the pocket of the suspect different coins followed by cash money in different denominations and a folded paper totaling P5,250. But two P500 bills bearing serial numbers AX752048 and FV477788 were marked money used for the operation. The folded paper when opened yielded 10 sachets containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu with an estimated value of P10, 000.

The searching cop also recovered one VIVO Redcellular phone from his pocket. The suspect denied owning the illegal drugs recovered from him, saying it was placed in his pocket by one of the people that arrested him. He said that ever since he did not bring these illegal items with him.

Charges of violations of RA 9165 are being readied by the arresting authorities against the suspect who is temporarily detained at the Caibiran Police Station.

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