A TOTAL of P224,000 worth of illegal drugs were seized by police operatives that led to the arrest of three top drug personalities in separate operations in Negros Island Region (NIR) this week.
In Negros Oriental, two men were arrested in a drug bust in Barangay Calamba, Guihulngan City, that led to the recovery of three sachets of suspected shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride), and the P1,000 marked money.
Police identified the suspects as Michael P. Angeles, 32 and Dominador Biating Jr. 20, both residents of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.
The recovered illegal drugs weighed 11.2 grams with an estimated value of P112,000.
In Negros Occidental, seven persons, including two top drug suspects were collared by police for sale and possession of illegal drugs Wednesday.
Gerald Mirasol, the second top drug personality of Himamaylan City Police Station, was arrested after he was caught playing cara y cruz at Purok Lopez Jaena, Barangay Talaban.
Mirasol also yielded nine sachets of shabu weighing 10 grams worth P100,000, and P130 cash.
Also arrested in the said city were Henry Loriente, 29 and Quennielyn Gico, 18 after police raided Loriente's house at Barangay 4.
Police recovered four sachets of shabu, drug paraphernalia and P500 marked money.
In Sagay City, Judan Montaño, 44, of Barangay Poblacion 1, the city's seventh drug personality, was arrested when police served him an arrest warrant for simple theft was issued by Judge Reginald Fuentebella of Municipal Trial Court in Cities in Sagay City.
Montaño yielded an improvised tooter.
Police operatives also arrested Cyril Buhat, 27, of Barangay V, San Carlos City, after he yielded two sachets of shabu worth P12,000, the P200 marked money, and P144 cash.
In E.B. Magalona town, Norby Casiple, 41, of Barangay II-Poblacion and Elna Soberano, 46, of Barangay I-Poblacion were arrested in separate drug busts.
Police recovered from Casiple four sachets of shabu, an improvised tooter, and the P500 marked money while Soberano yielded three sachets of shabu, an improvised tooter, the P500 marked money, and P2,450 cash.
Meanwhile, Joebert Ramirez, of Barangay Zone 9, Talisay City sold a sachet of shabu to a police poseur-buyer for P200, but managed to escape after noticing the presence of policemen.
In Bacolod City, operatives of Police Station 1 arrested Antonio Dipon, 55, of Barangay 16 after he made a transaction with a police poseur-buyer.
He is under the drugs watchlist of the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) and identified as ninth under the station's watchlist.
Police seized from Dipon four sachets of shabu and drug paraphernalia.
Also arrested by members of Police Station 8 was Nonaldo Robino, 35, of Purok Kabulakan 1, Barangay Singcang-Airport, after police recovered from him three sachets of shabu and drug paraphernalia.
In another development, two persons were arrested for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition Wednesday.
In Sagay City, Lunny Perano,36, of Escalante City was caught carrying a homemade shotgun loaded with live ammunition of 12-gauge shotgun when police responded to a threat complaint at Barangay Vito.
Also arrested in Victorias City were Franco Demapanag, 23, and Rex Escarlan, 18, both of Barangay 14, after they were caught in possession of an improvised homemade shotgun with live ammunition of 12-gauge shotgun and two live ammunition of 12-gauge shotgun, respectively at Osmeña Avenue, Barangay 5.