American nabbed for drugs

By Roel Pareño

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — An American man who is facing drug charges was arrested in Isabela, Basilan on Friday.

Thomas James Papalla, 46, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, was collared in Barangay Aguada at around 6 p.m. He is being held at a custodial facility of the Zamboanga City police.

Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, Zamboanga peninsula police spokesperson, said Papalla has a standing warrant of arrest for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

Naga Regional Trial Court Branch 27 Judge Leo Intia issued the warrant last Nov. 17.

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