Two suspected drug personalities and eight minors were rounded up in a lodging house a few meters away from Banica River in Barangay Taclobo, Dumaguete City yesterday morning. Seven other minors, however, managed to get out of the compound upon the arrival of policemen.
Dumaguete City police chief, Supt. Jonathan Pineda, said a working at the White Knights lodging house called for police assistance at 8:30 a.m. yesterday when one of their guests reportedly went wild, and climbed to the rooftop .
Agnes Flores, manager and part owner of White Knights, said their carpenter reported that a jalousie blade in one of the rooms was removed, and they suspect that carpentry tools from a nearby construction site were stolen.
When they checked the rooms, one of the guests, identified as Moises Dumip-ig went wild, spilled paint on the wall, and climbed to the rooftop.
Seven elongated plastic sachets believed to contain shabu, a digital weighing scale, and illegal drug paraphernalia were seen in plain view on top of a table in his room.
After the discovery of illegal drugs being packed inside the room of Dumip-ig, Flores received instructions from a certain Harry to also check the other rooms, the police said.
Illegal drugs and paraphernalia were also recovered from the room of a certain Justine.
Three sachets, several sachets with residue, lighters, tinfoil, scissors, empty plastic sachets, blades, needles and an improvised metal clipper were found in the room of a certain Chang Chang, and one sachet, a lighter and tinfoil from the room of Johnnel Jay Olbo, 19, of Sacsac, Bacong, Negros Oriental.
Tinfoil and shabu residues were recovered from two other rooms, whose occupants were among those who had managed to get out when the police arrived.
Flores added that many of the occupants and guests were supposed to check out last Friday, but they did not return the keys and stayed inside the rooms. The establishment noted that most of their guests seemed to know each other.
In an interview, Dumip-ig was noted not to be in his right mind.
Pineda said this should serve as a wake-up call to other establishments to keep their vigilance and to immediately report to the police suspicious undertakings in their areas for quick response.
This is not the first time that lodging and pension houses have been used to repack shabu, Pineda said, adding that proper charges are being readied against those involved.*JG
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