4 PDEA agents arrested in dragnet operation

CAMP GEN. OSCAR FLORENDO – Four officers of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the Cordillera Administrative Region were arrested on Thursday in a dragnet operation conducted by the joint elements of the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office headed by Police Senior Supt. Allan Purisima, the Police Stations of Tayug, San Quintin and Sta, Maria, and personnel from the 107thProvincial Mobile Group, and the Regional Mobile Group under P/Supt. Dionicio Borromeo.

Police Chief Superintendent Leopoldo Bataoil, Director of Police Regional Office 1, identified the suspects as Chief Inspector Porferio Calagan, SPO4 Madlon Marquez, SPO4 Arthur Lucas and PO2 Edwin Garcia, all members of PDEA-CAR.

Bataoil reported that the suspects allegedly extorted P110,000 from Dexter Evangelista and Liza Marquez whom they abducted in Barangay Alac, San Quintin, Pangasinan on Thursday afternoon.

Bataoil said the PDEA agents were allegedly on follow-up operations against illegal drug pushers, whose sources are from Pangasinan. They took into custody Evangelista and Marquez and then they allegedly demanded P400, 000 for their release.

The abductors and the victims reportedly agreed at P150,000, but the victims were able to produce P110,00. Evangelista was released but Marquez was held until the remaining P40,000 would be given.

The suspects fled towards the area of Tayug town when they sensed that the police were alerted but they were cornered at the highway of Sta. Maria.

Police were able to rescue Marquez while two of the suspects’ cohorts managed to escape.

Police recovered from the suspects’ possession four sachets of shabu, 3 plate numbers, a white Revo without plate number at the back, PNP IDs and their service firearms.

Bataoil personally inspected the evidence recovered and ordered P/Sr. Supt. Noli Taliño, Intelligence Officer of Pangasinan, to supervise the investigation. He also directed the Scene Of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) to document and conduct laboratory test on the recovered pieces of evidence.

The suspects are now detained in Pangasinan pending the formal filing of criminal and administrative charges.