PCG: A 39-year old construction worker in Masbate was arrested by authorities yesterday for possession of illegal drugs while onboard a motor boat at the fish port of Barangay Pating, Masbate.
The suspect, identified as Richard Zargoza Gabito, was caught by the joint anti-drug enforcement team of the Coast Guard Station (CGS) Masbate, CGS Bapor, Special Operations Unit, CG K9, PNP-Masbate and Philippine Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEA).
CG K9 working dog Uling sniffed the illegal drugs from Gabito who was onboard M/Bca Gilbert 3.
Authorities discovered and confiscated two sachets of shabu from the suspect weighing four and three grams, respectively.
Further investigation revealed that the heat-sealed sachets contained 25 pieces of the crystalline substance positively identified as shabu.
The confiscated items were marked and sealed in the presence of the respondent and witnesses. It was later brought to the PNP crime laboratory field office, Masbate PPO for qualitative examination.
Gabito, a resident of Brgy Bol, Masbate City, was placed under arrest and subsequently brought to the Masbate Police Station and was subjected to undergo medical examination at the Masbate City Health Office.
At 4:30 PM of the same date, said joint team returned safe to their proper station.