THE stolen jewelry of slain businessman Nelson Palencia was recovered from a suspected drug pusher who was arrested in a drug bust operation conducted by personnel of City Anti Illegal Drugs Special Task Group (CAIDSOTG) at Purok Kagaykay, Barangay 2, Bacolod City at about 12:30a.m. Wednesday.
Police identified the suspect as Symon Jamantoc, 27.
Superintendent Alexander Ermeo, deputy city director for operations of Bacolod City Police Office and head of Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) Palencia, said Jamantoc sold a sachet of suspected shabu to a police poseur-buyer for P100.
Police recovered from Jamantoc’s possession one small plastic sachet of suspected shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) and the P100 marked money.
Police also recovered from Jamantoc’s possession assorted jewelry and accessories owned by Palencia family.
Ermeo said the jewelry was placed inside a bag.
Palencia, 57, was robbed and killed inside his house at City Heights Subdivision, Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City last December 3.
He was found with wounds in his head when the assailants hit him using a blunt and sharp object.
The assailants carted away a safety deposit box and a bag containing undertermined amount of money. They also drove away the Toyota Fortuner.
Last week, the Toyota Fortuner was found abandoned at Purok Repolyo on 13th Lacson Street.
The recovered jewelry was positively identified by Palencia’s family at BCPO headquarters.
Jamantoc told the police that the jewelry and accessories were only delivered to him by his friend.
Ermeo said they are still conducting further investigation to determine if Jamantoc is involved in the killing of the victim.
Jamantoc is detained at Station 2 and is facing charges for violation of illegal drugs.