By Artemio A. Dumlao (abrenian.com)
La Trinidad, Benguet (January 28, 2014) –A room attendant and three others including a young girl were caught in a sting operation inside the Tingguian Lodge in Bangued, Abra’s capital town shortly before noon Friday last week.
Abra policemen cornered Romar Llaneza Singson, 25, room attendant of the Tingguian Lodge from Langiden town; Christopher Alvez Ducayag, 24; Mary Jane Buenafe, 20, and a female minor who are all from Bangued, Abra.
Authorities seized 5 pieces of plastic sachet containing suspected shabu; 4 pieces rolled aluminum foils and 5 pieces crumpled aluminum foils with suspected “shabu” residue; a piece rolled aluminum foil placed in a brown thick paper; a plastic sachet containing several plastic sachets; two lighters with improvised aluminum foil totter; a digital weighing scale; a piece of Wiley paper; P1,572 .00 cash in different denominations; a homemade cal .22 revolver without serial number; 12 bullets for cal .22 Revolver and 7 cellular phones.
When policemen dug in to the inn, they also seized a cal .38 revolver without bullets from the guard house where Singson reportedly lives.
Cordillera police director Chief Superintendent Isagani Nerez ordered all policemen in the highland region to continue sting operations against drug dealers especially in communities near local schools and other establishments to neutralize the operation of drug syndicates.
This amidst the reported emergence of a drug syndicate linked to local politicians and other influential personalities in Abra, which has been operating for long but has seemed been “untouched” by authorities though the illicit drug trade raking in huge money and politics seemed had mixed in the still potentially violent northern province.***Artemio A. Dumlao***