DAGUPAN CITY — A former convicted prisoner who turned drug dealer after his release was the second person arrested in Pangasinan for violating the election gun ban when he was nabbed by the police on Amado-Tapuac road at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in a buy-bust operation.

One of the items seized from suspect Julius Bautista, 38, aside from the illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia and the buy-bust money was a Caliber 38 revolver with three live ammunition in its chamber.

Investigation showed that suspect is an ex-convict who was sentenced for the crime of robbery before the Regional Trial Court IRTC) Branch 43, Dagupan City in 2001.

After serving less than 14 years in prison, he was discharged last March 2014 at Zamboanga Penal Colony, went back to Dagupan and has since been reportedly engaged in illegal drug trade.

Prior to Bautista’s arrest, a police personnel who acted as poseur buyer and with the help of a confidential asset was able to arrange a meeting with the suspect to buy shabu in the amount of PHP200.

They agreed that the transaction will be made in front of his house near the Independent Church located in the place.

The drug buy bust was eventually consummated and the suspect arrested following a hand signal from the confidential agent.

Confiscated from his possession, control and custody were the buy-bust money of two PHP100 bills, one Cal .38 revolver Armscor 202 with serial number 816135 containing three live ammunition, two small heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu, two strips of used aluminum foil, one rolled aluminum foil, one open small transparent plastic sachet containing alleged dried marijuana tops, one pair of scissors, one crown yellow lighter and one small box containing several open small plastic sachets.

Records of the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office showed that first to be arrested in the province for violating the election gun ban was another drug dealer identified as Alexander Santiago, 32, of Maharlika in Taguig City who was arrested at 12:10 a.m. of Jan. 10 in Basista town.

Like Santiago, Bautista will also be charged with violation of Republic Act No. 10591 in relation to the Comelec gun ban. PNA / northboundasia.com