LAGUNA, Philippines – Following months of surveillance, authorities nabbed Salve Gogolin and her son Richard, in a drug buy-bust operation Wednesday night, June 20, in Barangay Pansol, Calamba, Laguna.
Aside from the two, police also arrested on site three individuals in the act of trading illegal drugs. They were identified as John Lexter Leonen , Joy Magnaye and Zaida Pagsaligan.
“Ang target po ng aming buy-bust operation ay magina na nagtutulak ng iligal na droga , dati na silang target ng aming himpilan four months ago dahil nainvolved sila sa shooting incident ng isang pulis,” said PSupt. Redentor Ulsano, Chief of Calamba Police.
Authorities recovered from the suspects six packets of suspected shabu and the P500 marked money.
PSupt. Ulsano said Salve admitted she was forced into illegal drug trading due to poverty.
“Maari halos lahat naman ng naiinvolved sa iligal na droga ay jobless tingin nila madaling kumita ng pera sa iligal na droga. Iyon nga lang iyong pahamak na pedeng silang mahuli anytime ay andun sa kanila,” he explained.
The suspects are now detained at Calamba detention facility while further investigation is ongoing. – Sherwin Culubong / Marje Pelayo