Trike driver arrested for marijuana, shabu in Mayantoc, Tarlac


Mayantoc, Tarlac - - Small towns now target of drug suppliers?

By: Central Luzon News Center

This question came as this town’s police arrested a tricycle driver possessing marijuana and shabu at a check point in Barangay Rotrottooc on July 12, 2017 (Wednesday).

In his report to Tarlac Police Provincial Director Ritchie Medardo Posadas, PInsp Romulo Quibuyen identified the apprehended trike driver as Roderick Arpa y Castro, 47, of Barangay Malacampa, Camiling, Tarlac.

Quibuyen disclosed Arpa was apprehended after he tried to evade a police check point and was found in possession of 3 sachets of shabu and 2 sachet of marijuana.

“For the past several months, we have no known drug pusher here until we arrested him (Arpa) in our checkpoint. We are now re-assessing the situation to determine if other pushers have infiltrated our municipality”, said Quibuyen.

This town is a “remote but a very peaceful 3rd class municipality” lying in the hinterlands of the Zambales Mountain Range west of Tarlac province. It has around 33,000 registered voters.
It is very seldom that there are detainees at the police station detention cells.

“We have no idea that he was carrying illegal drugs. But when we arrested him for trying to run away from our checkpoint, he yielded marijuana and shabu”, added Quibuyen.

Upon being accosted, Arpa yielded 3 plastic sachets of Methamphetamine hydrochloride (Shabu) with a total weight of 1.758 grams and 2 sachets of Cannabis sativa (Marijuana) weighing 3.134 grams.

Arpa, however, refused to reveal his source nor the people to whom he will deliver the illegal drugs.
After being submitted for inquest at the Tarlac Provincial Prosecutors office, Arpa was committed at the Camiling Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.

Arpa, who is a native of San Carlos City, Pangasinan, was charged of violation of Section 11 of RA 9165 (possession of illegal drugs).

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