The police seized P1.1 million in shabu and marijuana in separate operations in Negros Island Tuesday and yesterday.
Thirty-two sachets and a big stalk of suspected marijuana were seized from a 21-year-old man during a buy-bust operation in Purok Tuna, Barangay 1, Bacolod City, at about 5 p.m. yesterday.
Operatives of the Regional Police Drug Enforcement Unit-6 led by Police Lt. Thurslie Castillo nabbed Gideon Ulysis Nava, of the barangay, a police report said.
A big stalk of suspected marijuana covered with transparent plastic and 32 big transparent ziplock plastic sachets of suspected marijuana were recovered from Nava, police records show.
Authorities also confiscated a weighing scale and a pipe used for smoking marijuana.
The seized suspected marijuana from Nava weighed about 400 grams with an estimated market value of P48,000, police records show.
The buy-bust operation happened at a billiard place owned by Nava and students could be the usual customers of the suspect since marijuana is cheaper compared to shabu.
Nava, a culinary graduate of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, may face charges for violations of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.*SGG
Meanwhile, policemen seized on Tuesday about P1.1 million worth of suspected shabu from drug suspects, apprehended separately in Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental.
Nabbed during a buy-bust operation in Purok 7, Brgy.Batinguel, Dumaguete City, was Regie Calugcugan, alias Black Knight, who is considered as a High Value Target drug personality in the provincial level.
The apprehension of Calugcugan, of Brgy. Balabag, Valencia town, that was a product of the joint operation of the Dumaguete City Police Station led by Lt. Col. Wilfredo Alarcon, Provincial Intelligence Branch, Drug Enforcement Unit and Special Operations Group of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the PNP Highway Patrol Group, yielded 150 grams of suspected shabu, with a market value of P1,020,000.
Also recovered was P1,000 in marked money as well as, assorted shabu paraphernalia, P1,200 in cash and a Mitsubishi Lancer sedan, the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office reported.
Another buy-bust operation in Brgy. Mambulac, Silay City, Negros Occidental, yielded eight grams of suspected shabu, with a street market value of P120,000, assorted drug paraphernalia and P1,000 in buy-bust money.
Nabbed by the police was Richard Valenzuela, alias Macho, of the place.
Another drug suspect identified by the police as Patrick Maguad was also apprehended in another buy-bust operation on Monday in Brgy. 19-A, Victorias City, Negros Occidental.
The arrest of Maguad yielded five sachets of suspected shabu, with a street market value of P5,000, P500 in marked money, P300 in cash believed to be proceeds from sales of illegal drugs and a cellular phone, according to a report of the Victorias City Police Station.*GPB
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