Drug operations in the cities of Bacolod and San Carlos in Negros Occidental together yielded a total of PHP73.44 million worth of suspected “shabu” (methamphetamine hydrochloride). The anti-drug operations were separate efforts.
In Bacolod, the capital city of the region, police were able to seize P1.44 million pesos of shabu in a buy-bust type operation in Purok Ube, Barangay 4 at around 5:30 pm on Tuesday. Two suspects were arrested in the operation, identified as Marawi City residents Faisalin Ibra, 21, of Barangay Raya, and Norhan Caunda, 42, of Barangay Lilod. Both are current residents at the Islamic Center on Lopez Jaena St. in Barangay 30. Both suspects are now detained at Police Station 2, Bacolod City.
Reports of the Bacolod City polics authorities say that operatives seized one big and five medium plastic sachets of the suspected shabu, plus two PHP1,000 bills that were used as marked money. The total weight of the contraband was 120 grams. In addition, Operatives also seized a plate number free Hyundai Accent sedan.
The other operation in the northern city of San Carlos saw a seizure of PHP72 million worth of suspected shabu in Barangay Palampas around 12:30 am on Wednesday. . The entrapment operation was conducted by joint operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) regions 6 and region 7, and the San Carlos City police. All three suspects, identified as Armando Paraquelles, Josephine Paraquelles, and an alias “Putot”, evaded arrest. The suspects escaped via a sugarcane plantation after sensing that their buyer was a PDEA agent, says the Negros Occidental police report.
The seized drugs weighed about six kilograms and were packed into six transparent re-sealable plastic pouches, which were then wrapped in paper and sealed with packing tape. Along with the shabu, operatives seized a Cherry mobile cell phone and a black Skygo motorcycle.
Joining in the operation were personnel of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit and the Provincial Intelligence Unit, as well as troops from the Philippine Army’s 12th and 79th Infantry Battalions.