ORMOC CITY-A known drug peddler who has been arrested by the police for illegal drugs previously but was given parole was arrested during a buy-bust operation at about 9:20 pm on Nov. 1 in Maasin City.

Maasin city police chief, Lt. Col Vicente Bullecer, identified the suspect as Jay-Ar Mercedes, 32, single, construction worker, and a resident of Barangay Mantahan of said city.
The suspect is listed as a high-valued individual of the city police drug watch as he was earlier charged with the same offense for two times already.

Recovered from the suspect was one sachet of suspected shabu procured by an operative in consideration of P5,000.

Further search from the suspect yielded more sachets of suspected shabu and cash of P5,500.

Charges of violations of RA 9165, the Comprehensive Law against Illegal Drugs are being readied by the local police against the suspect who is temporarily detained at the locked-up cell of Maasin City Police Station. (ROBERT DEJON)