The Dumaguete City Police Station yesterday welcomed its new officer-in-charge, Supt. Gregorio Galsim, with two anti-drug operations that resulted in the confiscation of more than P1.25 million worth of suspected shabu.
The first drug buy-bust operation was in Purok Makiangayon, Barangay Talay, at about 11 a.m., where two suspects were arrested and 33 sachets of “shabu”, weighing about 70 grams and with an estimated Dangerous Drugs Board value of P476,000, were confiscated.
The suspects were Neil Epanto Alcoran, 31, single, of Brgy. Talay, Dumaguete City, and Ernie Pineles Olasiman, 38, single, of Bong-ao in Valencia, Negros Oriental.
The anti-drug operatives were led by Senior Insp. Vann Joel Tingson of the City Drug Enforcement Unit, and the Regional Special Operations Group by Chief Insp. Abel Laborte.
A minor, identified as "Lalai", was also rescued during the operation.
Meanwhile, 115 grams of suspected shabu, placed in 179 sachets, and worth P782,000, were recovered in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology facility in Brgy. Bajumpandan, Dumaguete, yesterday morning.
Cash proceeds of P210,000, a digital weighing scale, six cell phones, Wi-Fi, and other illegal drug paraphernalia were also confiscated.
The illegal drugs, cash, and paraphernalia were recovered in the kitchen, buried under the "dapog (makeshift stove)".
BJMP City Warden, Chief Insp. Prycel Arevalo, said he requested the conduct of the Greyhound Operation to flush out possible contraband items that might have been sneaked in during the holidays, when the facility was swarmed by 200 to 300 visitors a day.
He also requested the presence of the local PDEA, headed by agent Grace Cruz, and the Dumaguete Coast Guard who brought in two drug sniffing dogs and criminology students from the Negros Oriental State University to help in the operation.
Arevalo said disciplinary actions will be imposed against detainees who will be found responsible for keeping the illegal drugs.*
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