Drug surrenderee falls in buy-bust op
posted 6-Aug-2018  ·  
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A woman who once surrendered to the police under Oplan Tokhang was arrested last week by pursuing police officers after trying to flee from a consummated buy-bust operation in Virac.

Twin charges for sale and possession of illegal drugs were filed last week against Francesca Bernardine Tabian, also known as “Kokay” and a resident of barangay Concepcion. She remains in custody of the Virac police after waiving her right and requesting for preliminary investigation by the Provincial Prosecution Office.

According to information filed by the police, an intelligence operative posed as a buyer and received information that Tabian was still selling shabu and even directed the police officer’s informant to contact trusted customers discreetly.

In the morning of July 25, 2018, the policeman received a call from his informant that “Kokay” will just contact him anytime of the day and asked him to prepare P3,500.00 as the price of the shabu.

The transaction came down just after 9:30 P.M. the next day when he was made to wait near the Virac Cathedral, where he saw the informant and Tabian on board a pink scooter.

He was introduced to “Kokay” who took a small red pouch from a sling bag and gave him a medium-sized sachet of shabu. In return, he gave her a pre-marked P500 bill and six photocopies of the same bill, which the target placed inside the pouch, which went into her sling bag.

When the informant left, Tabian sensed that the customer was a police officer and immediately fled away on the motorcycle and towards the CSU area, with the poseur-buyer in pursuit along with other officers.

At the Calatagan welcome arch, the policeman managed to block the scooter with his motorcycle, forcing “Kokay” to alight and try to run away after throwing a piece of small plastic near her motorcycle.

With Tabian under arrest, the team led by Senior Inspector Ariel Buraga arrived and, in the presence of designated witnesses, began a search of Tabian and her motorcycle that yielded five more medium-sized sachets containing white crystalline granules, two other small sachets containing the same granules, and an aluminum foil tooter. The suspect’s blue and black wallets had peso bills totaling P14,700.00.

The police also seized as evidence her Yamaha Mio 125 motorcycle, aside from the buy-bust money and photocopies, and the medium-sized sachet of shabu that upon examination at the Regional Crime Laboratory Office turned out to weigh 0.044 gram.

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