SEVEN persons were arrested in a drug bust while three others were apprehended for illegal possession of firearms in separate operations in Negros Island Region, on Saturday, July 29.
In Bacolod City, Aladin Villagracia, 38, of Barangay 33 and his cousin Richard Margen, 29, of Barangay 30, a tricycle driver, were arrested by police in a raid at Villagracia's house.
Police Station 6 chief Jovil Sedel said Villagracia sold methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” to a police agent for P200 while Margen was caught inside the target subject's house.
Recovered from them were 26 sachets of suspected shabu worth P60,000, a weighing scale, an improvised tooter, and four lighters.
Margen’s cousin was also arrested for the same offense at Barangay 30 last April.
Meanwhile, arrested in Purok Kingfisher, Barangay 16 was Romulo Dipon, a top street level drug personality of Police Station 1.
Confiscated from Dipon were seven sachets of “shabu” worth P1,800, drug paraphernalia, and the P300 marked money.
In Negros Occidental, John Michael Mendrez, 26 and Jeffrey Gentillizo, 29, both of Isabela town were caught in a drug bust at Barangay Camp Clark.
The suspects yielded two sachets of shabu, P500 marked money, drug paraphernalia, .45 caliber pistol with three magazines, 21 cartridges of the same firearm, P4,000 cash, a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver with three magazines and 11 cartridges.
Arrested in San Enrique town was Arjose Parroco, 64, of Barangay Poblacion after police seized from his house four sachets of shabu, an improvised tooter, lighters, and a live cartridge of 5.56mm.
In Murcia town, July Caagoy, 36, of Barangay Lopez Jaena was caught after he yielded two sachets of shabu, a lighter, a pair of scissors, and the P500 marked money.
In Negros Oriental, Junrel Acosta, 22, of Brangay Calasgaan, Bais City was arrested in Barangay Bio-os, Amlan town after police confiscated from him three sachets of shabu worth P20,800 and the P500 marked money.
Arrested in Dumaguete City were David Catubay, 18, of Dumaguete City, and Antoñita Gabiligno, 50, of Bacong town after they yielded six sachets of shabu worth P12,000, P200 cash, and the P200 marked money.