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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, November 21, 2019
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Mayor’s brother-in-law
nabbed for illegal drugs


Policemen arrested yesterday the brother-in-law of Mayor Jose Nadie Arceo during a buy-bust operation in Sitio Capino, Brgy. Anahaw, Hinigaran, Negros Occidental.

Police Maj. James Latayon said yesterday that he was ordered by Arceo to arrest his brother-in-law, Hermino dela Cruz Sevilla, who had also been arrested in 2003 by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, for violation of Republic Act 9165, on the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.

Latayon, who is the officer-in-charge of the Hinigaran Police Station, said the arrest of Sevilla, who was freed from jail in 2017, yielded about two grams of suspected shabu, with a street market value of P7,420, and P500 in marked money.

Sevilla is now detained at the Hinigaran police jail.

More than P500,000 worth of suspected shabu and its paraphernalia, were also recovered by the police from three arrested drug suspects in separate buy-bust operations in Brgys. 6 and Talubangi, Kabankalan City.

The buy-bust operation at Coloso Street in Brgy. 6, Kabankalan City, on Tuesday led to the arrest of drug suspects Regie Liper and Ronel Laberos, police said.

Lt. Col. Jonel Guadalope, Kabankalan police officer-in-charge, said in his report to the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, that 14 sachets of suspected shabu, worth P420,000, and its assorted paraphernalia, a black Widow 22 caliber Magnum revolver with five live ammunition, P1,521 in cash, two cellular phones and P100 in marked money, were also recovered from the two arrested suspects.

A similar operation also led to the arrest of Kerr Jhonilao in Brgy. Talubangi, Kabankalan City, that also yielded seven grams of suspected shabu, with a street market value of P84,000.

Policemen also apprehended Vivencio Joseph Benignos and Carmenchita Cuadra for a similar violation in Brgys. Estefania and Banago in Bacolod City, also on Monday.

The arrest of Benignos by the Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit operatives led by Maj. Sherlock Gabana, yielded about 12 grams of suspected shabu, worth P180,000, a cellular phone and a black Ford Ranger pick-up.

About 10 grams of suspected shabu, with a market value of P150,000, and P500 in marked money were also recovered by Police Station 3 operatives from Cuadra, alias Daday, at San Mateo Village in Brgy. Banago, also in Bacolod City.*


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