P2.2-M worth of ‘shabu’ seized

A POLICE officer records the P1.8 million worth of illegal drugs recovered from an 18-year-old native of Lanao del Sur during a drug bust at Barangay Vista Alegre, Bacolod City on Thursday. (Police Station 7 Photo)

By: Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD City – An estimated P2.220 million worth of illegal drugs were seized in three separate drug bust operations here and in San Carlos City in Negros Occidental on Aug 8, 2019.

Of the total amount, P1.8 million worth of suspected shabu were seized here while P420,000 worth of the same contraband were confiscated in San Carlos City.

Joint operatives of Police Station 7 here and the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU)-6 arrested an 18-year-old native of Lanao del Sur after he allegedly yielded 200 grams of suspected shabu value at P1.8 million at Barangay Vista Alegre.

Police identified the suspect as Khalid Diacat who temporarily resided at Barangay 30.

Police Major Sherlock Gabana, head of Police Station 7, said they monitored Diacat’s illegal activity for three days before the operation was conducted.

Gabana said they considered him as a high value target because of the huge recovery of illegal drugs from him, adding that he reportedly distributes his contraband within the city.

Police are also verifying if Diacat has family or relatives here because he would usually go in and out of the city.

“We don’t know yet how long he’s been staying here,” Gabana said.

Diacat, who refused to be interviewed, is currently detained at the said police station.

He will be charged for the sale and illegal possession of dangerous drugs, Gabana said.

In San Carlos City, the first drug bust was conducted at Barangay Rizal, which resulted in the apprehension of Jayban Rosalejos, 25; and Jolito Javoc, 20, both residents of Barangay 6.

Confiscated from them were seven sachets of suspected shabu weighing five grams worth P60,000, drug paraphernalia, and the P1,000 marked money.

It was followed by another operation at Barangay 6, where two minors were arrested while their two adult companions were able to escape.

Police seized during the buy-bust operation nine sachets of suspected shabu weighing 30 grams worth P360,000, weighing scale, and drug paraphernalia.

The two minors were turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Joel Baidal; and Bryan Baylosis, both residents of the said village are still at large.

Meanwhile, Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, director of Police Regional Office (PRO)-6, commended the accomplishment of policemen.

“This is a very good accomplishment of our policemen here and in the province. This only shows that we are still going hard on drugs, that our fight against illegal drugs is maintained,” he added.