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Police arrests army for selling illegal drugs

ILIGAN City–Authorities arrested on Tuesday (March 12) evening an army personnel in a joint buy-bust operation of the City Intelligence Branch (CIB) and City Drug Enforcement Unit (CDEU) of the Iligan City Police Office in Barangay Poblacion, here.
    
Police identified the suspect as Jonathan Villanzana Virtudazo, 27, single, a resident of Zone 8, Cocogrove, Barangay Poblacion.
    
This paper learned that Virtudazo is an active member of the 545th Engineer Battalion, Philippine Army located in Patikul, Sulu. He is in Iligan for a short vacation.
    
Senior Inspector Austin Karl Tirol, team leader of the CDEU, said Virtudazo is a 'newly-identified' drug personality and considered a high value target (HVT).
    
"He is not in our drug personality watchlist but he was identified lately as pusher from the suspects we previously arrested who linked Virtudazo in their activities," Tirol said in an interview with this paper.
    
Tirol added that police will use the suspect's cellular phone to track down his transactions and other links but he refuses to open it.
    
Operatives bought from the suspect a small-sized sachet containing substance believed to be shabu worth Php 500.
    
During the frisking, police confiscated two large-sized sachet of 'shabu', a cellular phone and the Php 500 bill used as buy-bust money.
    
Tirol said Virtudazo is facing charges of violation of Republic Act 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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