A former member of the Philippine Army is now locked up in jail, after he was arrested Wednesday during a buy-bust operation in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental, while about 100,000 worth of shabu and a gun were recovered by the police from a suspected drug peddler in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.
Nelben Calanza, a former member of the 11th Infantry Battalion, was arrested during a buy-bust operation in Brgy. Panubigan, San Carlos City, that also yielded a sachet of suspected shabu, P300 in marked money, P210 in cash, a cellular phone, and a Honda Wave motorcycle.
As a former Army soldier who went AWOL (Absent With Out Leave) in 2004, Calanza has been listed as number seven in the target list of drug personalities of the Canlaon City Police Station.
Calanza, 40, is also a member of the so-called National Anti-Crime and Illegal Drugs Association, the police said.
Meanwhile, the arrest of Charles Ian Alquizalas, a newly-identified drug personality, in Brgy. Rizal, San Carlos City in Negros Occidental, during a buy-bust operation, yielded about 10 grams of suspected shabu, estimated to have a market value of P100,000, a .22 caliber revolver with seven live ammunition, and P300 in marked money, police records showed.
Another suspected drug personality, identified as Kelvin Ferrer, was also apprehended by the police in Brgy. Punta Salong, Manapla, on the same day.
Chief Inspector Edencio Gregorio, Manapla police chief, said the arrest of Ferrer, 24, of Canetown Subdivision in Brgy. 19-A, Victorias City, Negros Occidental, yielded four sachets of suspected shabu and P500 in marked money.*GPB
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