AN ESTIMATED P1.8 million worth of shabu or methamphetamine hydrochloride was seized in a drug bust conducted by operatives of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) at Purok Cheriza 2, Barangay 27, Bacolod City Monday evening, September 16.
The operation also led to the arrest of the high-value target drug personality identified as Norman De Asis, and his companion Sandro Bantad, both residents of Barangay 27.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Leonardo Borromeo, head of DEU, said De Asis was arrested after he sold a sachet of shabu to a police undercover inside his house at about 10:30 p.m.
He said De Asis’s companion Bantad was also cornered inside the house with a possession of illegal drugs.
Police recovered from De Asis’s possession nine sachet sachets of suspected shabu, one knot tied plastic ice wrapper containing suspected shabu weighing 120 grams, one sling bag, and the P1,000 marked money.
Borromeo said De Asis was a former detainee at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) after he was arrested by operatives of Police Station 4 for violation of illegal drugs.
He said De Asis admitted that he has a supplier of illegal drugs outside Bacolod and he used to pick-up his supply along Lopez-Jaena Street.
The DEU official said De Asis used to make a big transaction of illegal drugs inside his house.
The suspects are detained at the custodial facility of Police Station 4 and are facing charges for violation of Sections 5 and 11 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Meanwhile, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran commended the accomplishment of DEU for the big recovery of illegal drugs.
Familiaran said he already discussed it during the Peace and Order Council (POC) meeting that BCPO already recovered a millions worth of illegal drugs.
“It’s a good accomplishment to address the illegal drugs problem in Bacolod, but we also need to intensify our monitoring especially, the entry points in the city since we’re about to celebrate the MassKara Festival in October,” he said.
BCPO official earlier said that volume of illegal drugs in Bacolod City is seen to increase, as drug suspects might have been stockpiling supply in preparation for the upcoming MassKara Festival celebration. (MAP)