ORMOC CITY– An incumbent barangay leader in Mahaplag, Leyte was arrested in a buy-bust operation on Saturday (Dec.9).

Arrested was identified as Joel Coderas, 47, who just won for his second term as a village councilor in Barangay Polahongon.

Lawyer Gil Pabilona, regional director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), said that the suspect was arrested in a sting operation at about 4:48 pm which resulted in the recovery of six sachets containing suspected shabu weighing six grams with an estimated commercial value of P36,000.

The suspect is now detained at the locked-up cell of the Mahaplag municipal police station and was charged with illegal selling and possession of the prohibited drugs.