Ex-village chief in Pangasinan wanted by PDEA for drugs

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — A manhunt is on for former barangay captain of Mermer, Manaoag who was not around when agents of the the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), with the assistance of the Manaoag Police, raided his house at 4 a.m. on Thursday.

Former Barangay Captain Armando Javier of Mermer could not be found when PDEA, led by Agent Richie Camacho, assisted by personnel of the Manaoag Police led by Chief Inspector Dave Mahilum, served a search warrant in his house.

The search resulted in the seizure from Javier’s house of one improvised box, two empty transparent plastic sachets with suspected shabu residue, assorted aluminum foil with suspected shabu residue, a dilapidated lighter, four heat-sealed plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu and seven ziplock containing 17 ampules of suspected Nubaine, believed a banned substance.

Also seized were one black cartoon box, one square fin box, five small heat-sealed sachets containing shabu, four strip foil, another dilapidated lighter (white) and a pair of green scissors.

All the confiscated items were brought to PDEA Region 1 in La Union for documentation and proper disposition.

The operation was the first in Pangasinan undertaken by PDEA with the police only providing assistance since the operation against illegal drugs was temporarily withdrawn from the PNP on order of President Rodrigo Duterte to allow the police to undergo some internal cleansing. Leonardo Micua/

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