Two elected barangay officials were arrested by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) during the implementation of two search warrants in Surigao del Sur on February 22, 2017.

PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña identified the suspects as Rejh Marseille Estrada, alias Bobong, 39 years, a barangay captain and resident of Barangay Magsaysay, Madrid, Surigao del Sur; and Arnel Mission, 55, a barangay captain of Barangay Union, Madrid, Surigao del Sur.

At around 6:00 in the morning, agents of PDEA Regional Office 13 (PDEA RO13) under Director Gilbert Buenafe searched Estrada’s house in Barangay Magsaysay on the strength of a search warrant that led to his arrest.

Recovered inside were 13 plastic sachets containing more or less five grams of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, worth P55,000.

A case for violation of Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, is now being prepared for filing in court against Estrada.

Three hours later, the same operating unit conducted another lawful search in Mission’s house in Barangay Union which resulted in his arrest and the seizure of five sachets of suspected shabu, weighing approximately five grams worth P55,000 and assorted drug paraphernalia.

Mission will be charged for violation of Sections 11 and 12 (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia) of the anti-drug law.

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