P400,000 in illegal drugs seized by PDEA

ILLEGAL drugs worth P400,000 and a suspected drug pusher were brought in by authorities on Wednesday during a drug bust in Barangay 15, Bacolod City.

The suspect, Jessie Elefan, was caught when a Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agent posing as a customer bought shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) from him around 4 p.m.

Elefan was found to be in possession of 150 grams of shabu with a street value of over P400,000.

Mark Maramba, operation chief of PDEA-Negros Island Regional Office, said that Elefan sold a sachet of suspected shabu worth P1,500 to the poseur-buyer along San Sebastian Street.

When PDEA operatives moved in to arrest him, he was found to be carrying five more packs of suspected shabu in varying sizes, along with the marked money that the poseur-buyer used for the purchase.

Maramba said PDEA is checking if Elefan was on the watchlist of known drug pushers.

Elefan was detained at Police Station 1 pending the filing of charges.

Meanwhile, six persons, including a married couple, were also arrested in a drug bust in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental on Tuesday.

Sr. Supt. Samuel Nacion, officer-in-charge of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, identified the suspects as Danilo PaƱares, 46, and his wife Noreen, 37, of 3rd Street, Margarita Village.

Others are Randy Martisano, 25, of 1st Street Margarita Village; and Bryan Bayarcal, 24, of Margarita Extension, all in Barangay 2, San Carlos City; Edison Gasalatan, 32, and Danilo Caballero Jr., both of Barangay San Isidro, Calatrava town.

Chief Insp. Mark Darroca, deputy chief of San Carlos City Police Office, said their target was the couple while the four other suspects were arrested for being present in a known drug den.

Darroca said the PaƱareses are in the city's drug watchlist.

Recovered from the suspects were two sachets containing suspected shabu worth about P2,000, a matchbox containing dried leaves marijuana suspected to be marijuana, the P300 marked money used in transacting with the suspects, a cellular phone, and drug paraphernalia.

The suspects will be facing drug charges. (With reports from MPE)
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