ZAMBOANGA CITY: A suspected big time drug personality and another suspect were arrested in separate law enforcement operations in the region, a police official said Tuesday.
Maj. Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) information officer, identified the suspects as Mark Michael Laurque, 35; and Ricky Catamad, 36.
Laurque was arrested in a buy-bust around 9:30 p.m. Monday in Purok Parpagayo, Barangay Guinles, Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte.
Police said Laurque yielded some PHP97,000 worth of suspected shabu packed in seven heat-sealed plastic sachets, PHP500 marked money, and a motorcycle.
Meanwhile, police served an arrest warrant against Catamad around 10:30 a.m. Monday at the parking lot of a shopping mall in Barangay Sta. Maria.
Galvez said Catamad is charged with the violation of Republic Act 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 with PHP200,000 recommended bail.
(Teofilo Garcia, Jr/PNA/SRNY/RSP)