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Alleged drug personalities nabbed in Ozamiz

CAGAYAN de Oro City–Law enforcers apprehended two persons while 14 kilograms of illegal substance believed to be shabu were confiscated in police raids in Ozamiz City Wednesday night, police said Thursday.

The police regional office here said operatives from the Ozamiz police arrested Melodia Malingin and Gaudencio Malingin based on a search warrant. About eight kilos of suspected shabu placed in plastic bags were taken from their residence.

Other personalities – Maychell Parojinog Gumapac, Manuelito Francisco, Rizalina Francisco, June Francisco, Ricardo Parojinog, and Christopher Parojinog – remained at-large as they were not around when their houses were raided by the police.

Recovered from the house of Gumapac were two plastic bags containing alleged shabu with estimated weight of two kilos, a steel vault, an airsoft rifle and a magazine.

Inside the Franciscos’ residence, the raiding team found an M4 Bushmaster, three M16 magazines, a bandolier, 90 pieces of live M16 ammunition, two rifle grenade launchers, three live M203 ammunition, and 20 empty M6 cartridges.

The Parojinogs’ house yielded an M16 rifle, a magazine, 19 pieces of 5.56 caliber ammunition, and a hand grenade.

Police said the series of raids took place from 9:05 p.m. to 10:02 p.m.

According to news reports, three individuals were arrested prior to the serving of the search warrant, namely, Butch Merino, Melden Rabanes, and Rosielyn Walohan, on Tuesday.

Merino was said to be the bodyguard and driver of detained Ozamiz Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog, whose parents, the former mayor Reynaldo Sr. and his wife Susan, were killed in a police operation on July 30. A few others were also slain in that operation.

Taken from Merino’s possession were P8 million worth of suspected narcotics and firearms.

Police report said it was Merino, who was nabbed at a checkpoint in Ozamiz, who pointed to Rabanes, who law enforcers arrested together with Walohan.

Seized from Rabanes was a kilogram of illicit substance and P27 million in cash.

The arrested suspects are now in police custody and are awaiting the filing of charges against them.

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