The joint anti-drug operations of the local police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, yielded Saturday an estimated P420,000 worth of suspected shabu, and the arrest of 11 suspects, Supt. Jacob Crisostomo reported yesterday.
Crisostomo, who is the San Carlos City police officer-in-charge, said 70 grams of suspected were taken from a couple, Wilson and Luzviminda Agbay , during a buy- bust operation in Sitio Parola, Brgy. 6, San Carlos City. Crisostomo said they also arrested nine other suspects who were engaged in a pot session at a suspected drug den in the barangay. The confiscated shabu has an estimated street market value of P420,000 at P6,000 per gram, he added. Also arrested were David Allan Ortega, Mark Anthony Torno, Larry Ombao, Ronnel Villarias, Jonathan Domondon, Ernesto Sales Jr., Denver Auditor, Ringgo Abay and John Silva.
Crisostomo said he got information that nine of the 11 arrested suspects, who were subjected to drug testing at the PNP Crime Laboratory in Bacolod City, tested positive for drug use. Two weeks previously, the police also recovered about 94 grams of suspected shabu, with street value estimated at P564,000 in separate anti-drug operations in Himamaylan City, records of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office showed. Two more suspects allegedly engaged in illegal drugs were also arrested by the police in Talisay City and La Castellana town. Supt. Thomas Joseph Martir, Talisay City police officer-in-charge, said the arrest of fish vendor Daniel Rojo, alias Nene, yielded two sachets of suspected shabu, P500 in marked money and assorted drug paraphernalia. Martir said they also recovered a Rusi motorcycle from the arrested suspect, that he allegedly used in the transport of illegal drugs. The arrest of Jason Reyes also led to the confiscation of four sachets of suspected shabu and its paraphernalia, P950 in cash, from him, police records also showed.
The continued campaign against illegal drugs and those involved in their trafficking and peddling in Negros Occidental was ordered by Senior Supt. William Señoron, after his formal assumption as NOCPPO officer-in-charge on Jan, 13.
More than 35 suspects who were either engaged in the illegal drug trade and in using prohibited drugs were accounted for the police in Negros Occidental, since the start of the year, up to Jan. 23, police records also show.*GPB
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