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Fruit vendor arrested in buy-bust

By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
February 22, 2013

CAMP SEC. KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – At first glance, Danilo “Jack” Casaljay is just an ordinary fruit vendor, selling grapes, apples, mangoes and other foodstuff and is usually seen either at the bus terminal, public market or downtown Calbayog City.

But Jack has other business sidelines, while illegal, albeit a lucrative one. He is selling a different kind of fruit, one that does not come from a tree. It was purely white and in crystalline form, but instead of nourishing the body, it destroys not only the body and mind, but one’s whole being.

Days after receiving intelligence information on Jack’s nefarious activities and placing him under casing, surveillance and test-buys, the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group of Calbayog City Police Station arrested him in a buy-bust operation on Monday afternoon, thereby putting an end to his illegal deeds.

Eastern Visayas top cop Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria disclosed that Casaljay was nabbed by police operatives at Purok 2, Brgy. Obrero of said city after selling “shabu” worth P500.00 to a poseur-buyer.

The suspect, 35, residing at Purok 3, Brgy Capoocan also of Calbayog City tried but failed to elude arrest and was collared by the police team led by Police Senior Inspector Aaron Raymond Elago. Aside from the illegal drugs, also seized from the suspect is the P500.00 bill buy-bust money with serial number CG512226.

“Casaljay is now detained at Calbayog City Police Station lock-up cell while a case for Violation of Section 5 or selling illegal drugs of RA 9165 is being prepared for filing in court against him,” Soria further informed.

The arrest of Casaljay came on the heels of the arrest of college student Alchie Chiquillo who was nabbed in a buy-bust operation in Palo, Leyte over the weekend.

The PRO8 chief lauded the AID-SOTG personnel responsible for the two successful operations.

“Our men have responded well to our challenge to further heighten the drive against illegal drugs. The recent arrests of drug suspects have minimized the proliferations of illegal drugs in the streets,” Soria added.