A SIMULTANEOUS, province-wide operation against illegal drugs in Negros Occidental has resulted in hundreds of thousands of pesos worth of illegal drugs being seized and over a dozen suspects arrested in a single day.
In operations conducted in two cities and five towns, the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office's “One-Time, Big-Time” operation netted P290,000 worth of shabu in addition to quantities of the substance yet to be assessed for value.
In total, 15 suspected drug personalities or their accomplices fell to police during the same operation.
In Victorias, about 25 grams of suspected shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) with an estimated market value of P150,000, were seized by operatives in a buy-bust operation in Sitio Binimpigan, Barangay 11.
Arrested were Bernard Jamandre, 47, and Jonas Didal, 30, both residents of Barangay 6, Victorias.
Superintendent Santiago Rapiz, chief of the Victorias City Police Station, said Jamandre and Didal sold a sachet of shabu to a police poseur-buyer for P300.
Police recovered from the possession of the suspects six plastic sachets of shabu, drug paraphernalia, P990 in cash, and the P300 marked money.
A 12-gauge shotgun and a Rusi motorcycle were also seized by operatives.
Rapiz said Jamandre is number 12 in the station's watch list and was under surveillance for almost a month before his arrest.
He added that Jamandre has a supplier of illegal drugs in Manila and his supply was delivered through a service courier in Bacolod City.
Jamandre and his aide Didal were monitored selling illegal drugs in different areas of Victorias, Rapiz said.
In Himamaylan, about 20 grams of shabu with an estimated market value of P120,000 were seized by operatives in a buy-bust operation at Hacienda Calasa, Barangay Caradio-an.
Michael Buenaflor, 23, was arrested and is now in police custody.
Superintendent Antonietto Cañete, chief of the Himamaylan City Police Station, said Buenaflor was collared after he sold a sachet of shabu to a police poseur-buyer for P200.
Police recovered from Buenaflor’s possession 12 plastic sachets of shabu, eight plastic sachets with residue of suspected shabu, drug paraphernalia, and the P200 marked money.
Police also recovered a .38-caliber pistol with two live rounds.
Cañete said Buenaflor is 24th in the station's priority target list and was under surveillance for almost four months before his arrest.
Also on Tuesday, police operatives in five localities in northern and southern Negros seized illegal drugs and arrested several suspects.
In Manapla town, two suspects were arrested in separate buy-bust operations, police said.
At 6:45 a.m., Banjo Sunga, 38, of Barangay 1-A, was found in possession of four sachets of suspected shabu and an improvised .38-caliber pistol.
His elder brother, Teodoro Sunga, 41, was arrested at a market in Barangay 2 at 9:10 a.m. with six sachets of suspected shabu.
Both face charges for possession of prohibited drugs and illegal firearms.
Meanwhile, in Silay City, Eralyn Gumban, 38, of Purok Katipunan, Barangay 2, fell to authorities. She is the city’s 10th top drug personality, police said.
In an operation conducted around 5:15 p.m., police recovered from the suspect four plastic sachets of suspected shabu.
In Isabela town, police arrested Allan Aparicio, 51, of Barangay 8, and Jelson Mendoza, 21, of Gomez St., Barangay 4.
Recovered from Aparicio were eight sachets of suspected shabu, drug paraphernalia, two cellular phones, and the P850 marked money.
The two are facing charges. Mendoza will be charged for visiting a drug den.
At around 1:55 p.m., operatives of Bago City arrested Rolly Magbanua, 39, in a buy-bust operation at Purok Sunflower, Barangay Poblacion.
Seized from the suspect were five plastic sachets of suspected shabu, drug paraphernalia, a Samsung cellular phone, P150 cash, and the P100 buy-bust money.
Illegal drugs confiscated from them were worth around P20,000.
Magbanua has a standing warrant of arrest for drug trafficking.
In Kabankalan City, police arrested six suspects in a buy-bust operation at around 11: 45 a.m. in Purok Sampaguita, Barangy Binicuil.
They included subject Virginia Lirazan, 40; Rollen Malabja, 25; Romulo Dulla, 44; Benjie Lirazan, 50; Joemark Carpentiro, 28; and Rodgelyn Valenzona, 18.
Operatives recovered from Lirazan 10 pieces of elongated plastic sachets of suspected shabu; from Malabja, one big and one small plastic sachets of suspected shabu; and from Dulla and Benjie Lirazan, six plastic sachets of shabu in various sizes.
All suspects face charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Those also found bearing weapons face additional charges for violating RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, as well as the Commission on Elections gun ban.