SEIZED ILLEGAL DRUGS. A Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency operative makes an inventory of illegal drugs seized in an operation Thursday evening (August 11, 2022) in Barangay Pangabugan, Butuan City. PDEA-13 says it confiscated some 202 grams of shabu worth PHP1.55 million in various operations in the Caraga Region early this month. (Photo courtesy of PDEA-13)

BUTUAN CITY – Four anti-illegal drug operations conducted on different occasions have resulted in the arrest of seven suspected drug pushers in the Caraga Region.

The raids also yielded some 202 grams of shabu worth over PHP1.5 million.

In a report Friday, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the Caraga Region (PDEA-13) said two of the four operations were conducted Thursday evening in Surigao del Sur and in this city.

PDEA-13 operatives and personnel from Surigao del Norte Police Provincial Office arrested Ricky Gecarcas in a buy-bust conducted Thursday evening in Dapa municipality in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte.

 Seized from the possession of the suspect were 52 grams of shabu worth PHP520,000.

Also on Thursday, PDEA-13 personnel together with the Agusan del Norte Police Provincial Office and the Butuan City Police Office arrested Jayson Peras and Ker Sanchez in an operation conducted in Barangay Pangabugan here.

 Authorities confiscated from the suspects 50 grams of shabu worth PHP350,000.

“The arrested suspects will be facing charges for violation of the provisions of Sections 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, and 15 of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002,” it said.

Moreover, PDEA-13 said two separate anti-drugs operations here and in Socorro town, Surigao del Norte on August 3 resulted in the arrest of four suspects.

In a raid in Barangay Don Albino Taruc, Socorro, authorities seized 50 grams of shabu worth PHP346,000 from arrested suspects Mark Jhon Dotillos, Nixon Savandal, and Dahima Savandal.

On the same day, some 50 grams of shabu worth PHP340,000 was also confiscated from suspect Marfer Jay Bantilan in a raid conducted in Barangay Bayanihan here. (PNA)