A dismissed member of the Philippine Army was arrested for his alleged involvement in illegal drug trade, Pangasinan Police reported.
According to the authorities, Mark Christian Velo, 40, was arrested in Umingan, Pangasinan after being a high-value individual target for being a member of the so-called Valera Drug Group.
Police have also confiscated five heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of white crystalline substance of suspected shabu with an estimated weight of more or less 5 grams during the arrest.
The suspect was also caught in possession of an unsealed transparent plastic sachet believed to be shabu residue, caliber .22 rifle, and live ammunition for Cal. 5.56 and for cal. 22.