No. 1 drug personality in Pangasinan arrested in Baguio

POZORRUBIO, Pangasinan — The Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) announced on Thursday the arrest of the No. 1 drug personality of the province in an operation by joint teams of the Pangasinan police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Irisan, Baguio City.

The operation on Tuesday led by P/Chief Inspector Melicio Mina, officer-in-charge of the Pozorrubio Police Station in Pangasinan, arrested one Arnold Soriano, 48, a resident of Alipangpang, Pozorrubio, a high value target (HVT) who is Pangasinan’s Top 1 drug personality.

Also arrested in that operation participated in by intelligence operatives of the Pangasinan PPO and the Urdaneta City police was Cherry Licaycay, 40, also of Alipangpang, Pozorrubio, an HVT Level 2 of Pangasinan.

Lawmen implemented a warrant of arrest on Soriano issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Tita S. Obinario of Urdaneta City where he is facing cases for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition and for violation of Republic Act 9165 (anti-drugs law).

During the body search conducted by the arresting officers, they were able to recover from the possession, control and custody of Soriano, six transparent plastic sachets containing suspected “shabu”.

Both suspects were first brought to the Pozorrubio Police Station pending issuance of commitment order by the court of origin.

A separate case for violation of Section 11 of Article II of RA 9165 (Illegal Possession of Dangerous Drugs) was filed against Soriano by the Baguio City Police Station before the RTC in Baguio.

Suspects were first brought to the Pozorrubio Community Hospital for physical and medical examinations and temporarily placed under the custody of the Pozorrubio police for subsequent presentation to the court which issued the warrant of arrest.

On the same day at about 7:00 p.m. a joint police team again led by Chief Inspector Mina and PDEA-Region 1 conducted a drug buy-bust operation at Arcangel St., Barangay Poblacion, Urdaneta City that resulted in the arrest of one Mary Jane Soriano, alias “Jing”, another Level 2 Provincial High Value Target), 43 years old and a resident of Alipangpang, Pozorrubio.

The arrest came shortly after she sold one heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu to the policeman who acted as a poseur-buyer.