60-year old woman arrested for illegal drugs trade

Chief Insp. Leo Ajero, city police director, identified the suspect as Josie Tan, a person with disability.

Recovered from Tan’s possessions were marked money, a few grams of shabu, and other drug paraphernalia.

Ajero said that before the arrest was made, they had been conducting surveillance and monitoring of Tan’s alleged illegal activities.

“Many are saying that Tan is using her physical disabilities as cover-up in her drug trade,” a police intelligence agent said.

Along with Tan, the police arrested five others who were caught using shabu inside the suspect’s residence. They were identified as Liza Cabisada, 40, Elenita Carmona, 37, and Louie Reyes, 18, all residents of Barangay Manongol here; Joan Calinggunan, 30, and Jomar Ali, 18, of Alim St.

The raid was the second since the start of the year.

On Jan. 4, police arrested in a buy-bust raid 30-year-old Cathy Amihan Leyba, resident of Barangay Balindog.

In Pikit, North Cotabato, police collared in a raid a suspected big-time drug courier identified as Joseph Padayao, resident of Barangay Poblacion.

Also arrested were four other suspected drug couriers identified as Primitivo Ceballos, Joel Cabano, Joebert Padayao, and a certain Gabriel, all residents of Barangay Poblacion in Pikit.

Insp. Elias Dandan, Pikit town police chief, said complaints of violation of section 5 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act were filed against the suspects. (Malu Cadeliña Manar / MindaNews)