The police seized a sachet of suspected shabu, drugs paraphernalia, cellular phones and cash from the detention cell of a “drug dealer” and his son, at Police Station 7 in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, at about 3:50 p.m. Wednesday.
Chief Insp. Charles Gever, Station 7 commander said yesterday that the contrabands were recovered from William Chua, 61, and Wesley Chua, 31, of Benares Compound in Barangay Alijis, Bacolod, who were nabbed by members of the Regional Special Operations Task Group-18 on the strength of a search warrant, last month.
Duty jailer Police Officer 1 Gilbert Sadie conducted a surprise inspection at the male custodial facility where the Chuas were detained after he noticed that they were staying awake even during nighttime, Gever said.
Confiscated from the Chuas were maong short pants, a big heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet of suspected shabu, an improvised tooter with visible traces of suspected shabu, two cellular phones, P10,700 in cash, and five disposable lighters, that were mixed with their clothes on the bed, police records show.
The Chuas were subjected to drug testing and their results were positive, Gever said.
Charges for illegal possession of drugs and its paraphernalia, and the use of dangerous drugs were filed yesterday against the Chuas, before the Bacolod City Prosecutor's Office, Gever said.
He said the Chuas have been staying long at the Station 7 detention cell because they were waiting for their motion to quash the search warrant issued by Bacolod Regional Trial Court, Branch 49 Judge Manuel Cardinal Jr. and the arraignment of their cases filed by the RSOTG.
After the arraignment yesterday and the issuance of the commitment order, the Chuas were transferred to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Barangay Taculing, Gever also said.
Meanwhile, a relative of the Chuas was also nabbed by the police at the Hall of Justice at San Juan Street in Bacolod, at about 10:30 a.m. yesterday.
Helen Chua, 42, of Barangay Alijis in Bacolod, who was attending a hearing at Bacolod RTC Branch 47, was apprehended by virtue of a warrant of arrest for the use of drugs charges, Gever said.
The arrest warrant for Helen Chua was issued by RTC Branch 47 Judge Therese Blanche Bolunia, who set her bail at P40,000, police records show.*SGG
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