Nueva Ecija village chief, pal nabbed for drugs

TALAVERA, Nueva Ecija — A village chief and his alleged cohort were arrested in an anti-illegal drug operation in Barangay Minabuyoc here Friday.

Senior Supt. Antonio Yarra, Nueva Ecija police director, said Minabuyoc barangay chair Ruben Beltran, 52, and Ronnel Roxas, 27, of Barangay Fatima, Cabanatuan City, yielded eight heat-sealed sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” in a buy bust operation launched by police operatives at around 8:30 p.m.

Police also recovered the PHP1,000 marked bill from Roxas and one M16 Armalite rifle from the village head, police said.

The suspects are facing charges of violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Law and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.