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Police seize drugs, gun; fail to arrest elusive ‘dealer’ in Tubigon raid

Police seize drugs, gun; fail to arrest elusive ‘dealer’ in Tubigon raid

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Police seize drugs, gun; fail to arrest elusive ‘dealer’ in Tubigon raid

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Police officers failed to arrest an elusive suspected drug dealer, who has allegedly been fueling drug consumption in several villages of Tubigon, during a raid at his temporary home in the town on Tuesday.

According to Cpl. Christian Lumbahin of the Tubigon Police Station, they found shabu with an estimated worth of P54,000 and a .38 caliber revolver at the  house of suspect Michael Zarate but he was nowhere to be found.

“Taod-taod na pud ni sa Tubigon. Lisod timingon kay basta gikan sa sud, idlas na kaayo mao maglisud mi’g buy-bust mao amo nalang gi SW [search warrant],” said Lumbahin.

According to Lumbahin, some individuals who previously surrendered under Oplan Tokhang used drugs again after Zarate started to peddle drugs in Barangay Ilihan Norte and nearby villages.

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“Naay mga na-positive sa drug test tungod ani niya,” he said.

Zarate is originally from Calape but relocated to Tubigon and shared a home with his live-in partner.

He was previously arrested for drug charges in Calape but was later released after he entered a plea bargaining deal.

“Sa Calape g’yud na siya. Kanang iyang ka-live in maoy taga Ilihan. Naa pud na siya’y mga kaso sa drugs sauna sa Calape,” said Lumbahin.

Zarate’s live-in partner was inside their house during the raid but Lumbahin said that she did not disclose the whereabouts of her boyfriend. (A. Doydora)

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