AN ESTIMATED P1.2 million worth of suspected “shabu” (methamphetamine hydrochloride) were seized in a buy-bust at Greensville 2 Subdivision, Barangay Villamonte in Bacolod City Tuesday night.
Arrested were target-subject Joseph Tan, 37; Chito Garrido, 35; and Rodel Parcon, 37, a barangay employee, all residents of the said village.
They are considered high-value target drug personalities in the city, but are newly-identified drug suspects.
Inspector Adrian James Albaytar, assistant team leader of City Drug Enforcement Unit (CDEU), said Tan and Parcon sold shabu to a police agent for P1,000 in a transaction held at the house of Garrido’s partner at 6:30 p.m.
Police recovered from them 15 big sachets of suspected shabu weighing 75 grams amounting to P1.2 million, three small sachets of suspected shabu, and the P1,000 marked money.
The three suspects are detained at Police Station 4.
Tan and Parcon will be charged for sale and possession of dangerous drugs while possession of illegal drugs case will be filed against Garrido.
Albaytar said Tan and Garrido are business partners in their buy and sell car business.
He added that they have been monitoring them since last year after receiving reports that these suspects are selling illegal drugs to members of some prominent families in the city.
Albaytar said the illegal drugs were reportedly sourced from Iloilo City and being distributed to different areas in Bacolod and neighboring cities of Talisay and Silay.
“They are gaining income from it weekly and monthly,” he added.
“This is the biggest drug haul in the city so far, this year,” Albaytar said.
He added that they were given enough time to conduct deep investigation and close monitoring on high-value target drug suspects during the suspension of police war against illegal drugs that’s why they have big drug hauls recently.
Albaytar said the drug situation in Bacolod is “alarming” because of the existing of some drug groups, but he assured the public that they are continuously tracking them down.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on February 14, 2018.
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