Alleged top 2 drug suspect nabbed in Ilocos Norte

Kim Lorenzo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 26 2016 03:56 PM

Pol Rivera, who was tagged as the number two drug personality in the local police watch list, was arrested after a buy-bust operation. Kim Lorenzo, ABS-CBN News

BATAC CITY, ILOCOS NORTE - A man tagged as the number two drug personality on the watch list of PNP-Batac City was nabbed after a buy-bust operation last Saturday.

The drug suspect was identified as Pol Rivera, 37, construction worker and resident of Barangay Tabug, Batac City.

Investigation disclosed that Rivera was caught selling illegal drugs. Six sachets of shabu, P500 buy-bust money, and a cellphone were found in his possession.

The operatives implemented a search warrant that led to the confiscation of 11 improvised tooters found in his house.

"Dapat mag-iimplement lang tayo ng search warrant pero hindi masiguro ng asset natin na nasa loob siya ng bahay niya. Kaya ginawa natin, nag-buy-bust muna tayo at nang mag-positibo, tinuloy na natin na mag implement ng search warrant," Supt. Marlon Paiste, Chief, PNP-Batac City. 

Paiste added that Rivera never surrendered in their Oplan Tokhang.

"Pinipilit ng mga barangay offiicials at mga police na mag-surrender, ilang beses na rin siyang kinatakot, pero hindi pa rin sumuko," Paiste said.

Rivera denied the accusations.

He will face charges of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.