P100,000 worth of drugs seized-A A +A
Saturday, May 10, 2014
ABOUT P100,000 worth of illegal drugs were seized Friday morning in a buy-bust operations conducted at Galo Street, Purok Mapalaron, Barangay 22.
Fifteen drug suspects were also arrested.
Superintendent Jefferson Descallar, head of Special Operations Group (SOG), said the suspects were arrested for selling shabu to police poseur-buyers and for visiting a drug den.
Police recovered from the possession of the suspects a total of 20 pieces of small and big plastic sachets of suspected shabu, P1,200 marked money, P5,000 cash, and drug paraphernalia.
Police identified the suspects as Ian Rodrigazo, Willy de la Cruz, Zara Zayco, Ryan Tiloz, Jesus Diane, Bernard Fernandez, Floyd Decena, Ranel Turilla, Mae Ejusa, Deo Delfin, Delia Ungod, Mary Cris de la Gente, Grace Arnaiz, Nora Golez, and Kevin De la Cruz.
Descallar said they received information from a concerned citizen in Barangay 2 about the illegal drug operations in the barangay.
When the police conducted a surveillance operation, they found the information positive and simultaneous buy-bust operations were immediately conducted in six houses.
Out of 15 persons arrested, four were visiting a drug and using illegal drugs.
Investigation revealed that Rodrigazo served as supplier of illegal drugs in Barangay 22, Descallar said.
The suspects were detained at the lock up cell of Police Station 4 and will be subjected for drug test.
They will be charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. The police will also check if the suspects have pending records at BCPO.
Ungod, 59, said she was selling aluminum foils for the use of illegal drugs.
She admitted that she is a drug pusher and her house was also used as a drug den for P10 per person.
Fernandez, 31, said he was asked by his friends, who were drug pushers, to buy coffee and when he came back he was arrested by the police. Fernandez admitted that he is a drug user, but not a drug pusher. Last week, he was also arrested for illegal gambling and was detained at Police Station 4.
Descallar said he is grateful for the support of Barangay 22 officials in addressing the illegal drug problem in their barangay.
Village officials led by their chairman Charlie Chavez witnessed the operations.
Chavez said some of the suspects are not residents of Barangay 22 and just went to the area to use illegal drugs.
As part of their campaign against illegal drugs, the Barangay 22 Council passed an ordinance strictly implementing the curfew for minors and outsiders from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
In 2011, their barangay was sealed-off by BCPO to stop the illegal drug trade in their area.
The operation was effective and lessened the illegal drug trade in the barangay, the village chief said.
Chavez added that based on their monitoring, about 20 percent of the illegal drug operation in Barangay 22 continue to exist and they are hoping to neutralize them all soon.
Several houses in Barangay 22 were already demolished and relocated to Abada Escay in Barangay Vista Alegre.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 10, 2014.