BASISTA Pangasinan– A known drug pusher/peddler from the town of Bayambang was the first to fall in Pangasinan in line with the nationwide implementation of the election gun ban.

Alexander Sandiego, 32, a native of Maharlika in Taguig City and presently residing at Barangay Bani in Bayambang, Pangasinan, was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Basista town at 12:10 a.m. on Sunday, according to a report of the Pangasinan police.

The gun ban in connection with the May 9, 2016 election started on January 10 and will last up to June 8.

Sandiego is a known drug peddler operating in Basista and nearby municipalities of Pangasinan.

He was arrested after handling two pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu to a confidential police operative of the Basista police who acted as poseur-buyer.

Authorities captured the Sandiego after he received marked money worth PHP500 from the poseur-buyer.

A search incidental to his arrest resulted to the recovery from his possession another piece of transparent plastic sachet of suspected shabu, one unit of Myphone Rio cellphone and the marked money.

A further search was made by PO2 Glin S. Victorio of the Basista police, the arresting officer, in the presence of village councilor Ronnie Tamondong on Sandiego’s motorcycle, colored black with no plate number. This resulted to the recovery of one unit of Smith & Wesson revolver believed to be a caliber .38 without a serial number loaded with two live ammunition.

Sandiego is now under custodial investigation after his arrest.

Thereafter, he was brought to the Rural Health Unit (RHU) for medical and physical examination while confiscated pieces of evidence were brought to the PNP Crime Laboratory in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan for examination, and ballistic examination for the firearm seized.

Charges for violation of Section 5 and 11 of Republic Act 9165 and RA 10591 in relation to Comelec gun ban are set to be filed against the suspect. PNA / northboundasia.com