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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, January 10, 2019
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One killed, six nabbed for drugs


An alleged drug personality was shot and killed by a motorcycle-riding gunman in San Carlos City yesterday, while six other drug suspects were arrested in separate police buy-bust operations in Negros Occidental.

Killed was Reagan Balopeños, 31, of Brgy. 2, San Carlos City.

The San Carlos police investigation showed that Balopeños was eating lunch with his wife, when the gunman outside his residence opened fire at him several times.

The victim was declared dead on arrival at the San Carlos District Hospital, while the unidentified gunman fled on board a motorcycle, the police said.

A day before the shooting incident, the police recovered four grams of suspected shabu, estimated to have a market value of P48,000 during a buy-bust operation in Brgy. 5, San Carlos City.

But the subject of the buy-bust operation identified by the police as Rogelio Despi managed to escape, leaving behind the confiscated illegal drugs.

Supt. Noel Polines also reported the arrest of Roland Contantino in another buy-bust operation in Brgy. Lantad, Silay City, on the same day.

The apprehension of Contantino also yielded five grams of suspected shabu worth P75,000 and its assorted paraphernalia, P4,500 in buy-bust money, P300 in cash and a cellular phone.

Another drug suspect identified by the police as Johnrich Sacudit was also arrested by the police in another buy-bust operation in Brgy. RSB, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental.

The apprehension of Sacudit, according to police Chief Inspector Romeo Vargas, yielded five sachets of suspected shabu, with an estimated market value of P2,500, P300 in marked money and a motorcycle.

Two more drug suspects identified as Kristian Paul Castillo and Leo Roldan in Brgy. Aguisan, Himamaylan City, were also nabbed Tuesday by the police, who seized P20,000 in suspected shabu and its paraphernalia.

Two other drug suspects, Bonifacio Titong Jr. and Cristobal Titong, a drug surrenderer, were also apprehended by the police for a similar violation in Brgy. 1 Poblacion, Kabankalan City.

The apprehension of two suspects also yielded P 12,000 worth of illegal drugs and assorted shabu paraphernalia, P400 in cash and P500 in marked money.*


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