A suspected “shabu” shipment, worth P1.7 million, from Muntinlupa in Metro Manila, was turned over by a woman to the Dumaguete police Tuesday.
Dumaguete City police chief, Supt. Jovito Atanacio, said the voluntary surrender is a gesture of goodwill on the part of the woman, whose name was not disclosed for safety reason, to do her share in the campaign against illegal drugs in the city, even if her safety is at stake.
The two big bultos (packs) of suspected shabu, weighing approximately 155 grams, with a Dangerous Drugs Board value of about P1.7 million, will be destroyed immediately in public after testing at the police crime laboratory in Dumaguete.
The inventory of the shabu was witnessed by the Dumaguete media after which the suspected illegal drug substance was brought to the crime lab for examination.
The woman was quoted as saying to Atanacio that the shipment was half a kilo of shabu, but only two “bultos” were left in her care.
In the absence of a consignee identified as a certain “Sam”, the unidentified person who personally brought the shipment from a certain “Gabriel” at the New Bilibid Prisons left it with the woman, who is known to the consignee.
Worried about the situation, the woman contacted Senior Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag, whom she knew, being the chief of police in Dumaguete several years ago.
Cabanag is now the commander of the Regional Public Safety Battalion of the Police Regional Office 18.
Cabanag referred her to the Bais City Police Station and then to Atanacio, after which a voluntary surrender of the shipment was arranged, in coordination with the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Group and the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office.
In an interview, the woman said she made sure that the two big “bultos” of suspected shabu will not go to the wrong hands.*PNA
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