2 'high value' drug personalities fall

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By Bong Garcia

THE police arrested two high-value target (HVT) drug personalities as the campaign against illegal drugs continue in Zamboanga City.

Senior Superintendent Michael Nicolas, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula spokesperson, identified the HVTs as Alvin Kalbi, 38 and Benito Albarida, 38.

Nicolas said Kalbi was arrested in a drug bust around 5 p.m., Monday, in the village of Sta. Maria, in the city.

Albarida was arrested in a separate drug bust around 1:30 p.m., Monday, at Sitio Liangan in the village of Kabatan, Vincenzo Sagun, Zamboanga del Sur.

Nicolas said confiscated from Kalbi, who is listed at number seven in the drug watch list of the police in Zamboanga City, was a large-sized plastic sachet of suspected shabu, P1,000 cash consisting of 10 P100 bills, wrist watch and a sling bag.

Nicolas said Albarida, like Kalbi, is listed as the number seven drug personality in Vincenzo Sagun, Zamboanga del Sur.

The police official said seized from Albarida’s possession were two small sizes of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu, P600 marked money consisting of six P100 bills and other prohibited drug paraphernalia.

Nicolas said the arrested suspects were detained while appropriate charges are set to be filed against them.