Cop, 2 others arrested in Basilan drug buy-bust operation

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 28 May) – Three people, including a policeman, were arrested in a drug buy-bust operation in Isabela City in Basilan Wednesday, police said.

Supt. Albert Larubis, Isabela City police chief, identified those arrested as PO1 Maning Musa, his live-in partner Jocelyn Sabtal, and Jemar Ellias.

Musa is assigned with the patrol section, Larubis said.

He said that the suspects were arrested around 6 a.m. in Barangay Port Area.

Larubis said the arresting team recovered from the suspects’ possession 21 sachets of suspected shabu, P1,000 “marked money,” and several prohibited drugs paraphernalia.

He said the operation was carried out after his command received report about prohibited drug trade by Musa and his two cohorts.

Larubis said charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, are being readied to be filed against the suspects.