ZAMBOANGA CITY--A former policeman tagged as high-value individual and a fish merchant were arrested in separate anti-drug operations in the region, police said Monday.

Capt. Edwin Duco, Police Regional Office (PRO-9) spokesperson, identified the arrested suspects as Marlon Navarro Candidato, 38, and Nasrin Adelin Kahal, 19.

Duco said that Candidato, a former policeman, was arrested in a buy-bust operation around 5:33 p.m. Sunday in Barangay Miputak, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte.

Candidato yielded some PHP34,000 worth of suspected shabu and PHP800 marked money, police said

Police said Candidato, who was then a member of the Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Mobile Force Company, was arrested in an anti-drug operation in 2015 but was released under plea bargaining agreement.

Meanwhile. Kahal, a fish trader, was arrested in a buy-bust operation around 1:10 a.m. Sunday in Purok Sunflower, Sitio Luguimit, Barangay Poblacion, Margosatubig, Zamboanga del Sur, police said.

Police said Kahal yielded some PHP16,000 worth of suspected shabu, PHP500 marked money, and illegal drug paraphernalia.

Duco said charges are set to be filed against the two detained suspects. (PNA)