Trader, hotel decorators nabbed in Zambo anti-drug ops

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Four persons were arrested while some PHP342,200 worth of suspected shabu were seized in two separate anti-drug operations in this southern port city, an official said Thursday.

Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Luis Licup, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) director, identified the arrested suspects as Allan Jimenez, 30, hotel decorator; Ashley Francisco, 30, businesswoman; Wilson Luchavez, 39, hotel decorator; and Ranny Lakibul, 23.

Licup said Jimenez, Francisco, and Luchavez were arrested in a buy-bust operation around 8:10 a.m. Wednesday in Acuña Drive, Barangay Tumaga.

They yielded some PHP340,000 worth of suspected shabu packed in nine plastic sachets, and PHP1,000 marked money.

Police said Lakibul was caught in possession of some PHP2,200 worth of suspected shabu when arrested in another buy-bust operation at Lubak, Barangay Campo Islam. Seized from Lakibul’s possession was PHP200 marked money.

The suspects were detained pending the filing of appropriate charges against them, Licup said. (PNA)