P373,000 in drugs seized in 2 NegOcc cities

POLICE operatives seized P373,000 worth of illegal drugs in separate operations in two cities in Negros Occidental on Thursday, May 5.

In San Carlos City, three men were arrested in Barangay 2.

Police identified the suspects as Tristan Apuhin, 30, of San Julio Subdivision, Barangay 2; Edcel Manguilimotan, 30, of Ylagan Street, all in San Carlos City; and Joseph Anthony Ballesteros, 31, of Roxas Street in Kabankalan City.

Joint operatives of the San Carlos City Police Station, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (PAIDSOTG) acted on a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 59 Judge Katherine Go against Apuhin.

Chief Inspector Mark Darroca, deputy city police chief and head of PAIDSOTG, said operatives recovered from the suspects six sachets of suspected shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) weighing a total 22.3 grams with an estimated market value of P223,000, drug paraphernalia, and five mobile phones.

Darroca said the suspects’ arrest was part of the police’s One-Time, Big-Time and Barangay Clearing operations.

The suspects have been detained at the police station.

In Silay City, nine suspects were arrested in a drug bust at Kalye 11 in Barangay Mambulac.

Arrested were Ricky Solano, 32; Joey Reosura, 37; Marcelo Laguda, 58; Joahanna Losabia, 18; and Ludyvie Villaflor, all of Barangay Mambulac; Alfredo Libre, 47, of Barangay Rizal; Sydney Perales, 36, of Barangay 3; Lambert Malijan, 30, of Barangay 5; and Rosalie Viera, 20, of Barangay 2.

Recovered from the suspects were 33 sachets containing shabu with an estimated value of P150,000 and drug paraphernalia, the police report said.

Top drug suspect nabbed

A top drug personality in Talisay City was arrested at Magsaysay Street, Barangay Zone 6, on Wednesday, May 4.

Police identified the suspect as Paul Vincent Labayen, alias “Chaw,” 30, of Barangay Zone 12. He is number one in the city’s priority target list.

Superintendent Thomas Joseph Martir, chief of the Talisay City Police Station, said Labayen had a pending arrest warrant for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The warrant was issued by Bacolod City RTC Branch 52 Judge Raymond Joseph Javier, with no bail recommended for his provisional liberty. (with reports from MAP)

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