AN ESTIMATED P157,000 worth of illegal drugs were seized in separate drug bust in Negros Occidental on Tuesday.
In San Carlos City, five persons were arrested for sale and possession of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as "shabu," at Ylagan Street, Barangay 5.
Junrie Pilapil, 27, of Barangay 5; Randy Cajolo, 41, of Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City; and Je Delubio, 36, who is under the station’s drugs watchlist yielded five sachets of shabu, drug paraphernalia, P340 cash, and the P200 marked money.
The recovered illegal drugs weighed 15.3 grams with an estimated value of P153,000.
Mino Into, 31, of Ylagan Street, Barangay 6, a high-value target of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Unit was arrested after he yielded two sachets of "shabu" and drug paraphernalia.
Joel Baidal, 33, of San Juan Baybay, Barangay 6 was also arrested that led to the recovery of five sachets of "shabu," drug paraphernalia, P560 cash, and the P100 marked money.
In E.B. Magalona town, a drug surrenderer was arrested at Jaime Reyes Street, Barangay Poblacion-I.
Rolando Drilon, 46, the fourth drug personality under the town's drugs watchlist yielded four sachets of "shabu" and P500 marked money.
In Escalante City, Ranel Cosio, 19, of Barangay Dian-ay was arrested after police recovered from him two sachets of "shabu" worth P1,000 and the P1,000 marked money.
In Bago City, Arnel Arevalo, 50, of Valladolid town yielded four sachets of shabu with an estimated value of P3,000 along with the P200 marked money and P486 cash.
Inmate yields "shabu"
An inmate at Negros Occidental District Jail (NODJ) in Bago City yielded a sachet of "shabu" which he hid inside a blinker of Christmas lights.
Inspector Mar Louie Salcedo, spokesperson of Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP)-Negros Island Region, said the jail guards discovered the illegal drugs when the inmate, whose name he withheld, received from his cousin a plastic bag containing materials for a Christmas parol on Wednesday.
Salcedo said visitors are not allowed on Wednesdays but the inmates can receive items from their families.
After the inspection, the materials were brought to the administrative office, where the inmate’s cousin was held for questioning.
Salcedo said the inmate’s cousin denied bringing in the recovered illegal drugs.
He was later brought to Bago City Police Station for custody and filing of appropriate charges while the inmate was subjected to an investigation.