By: Glazyl Y. Masculino
BACOLOD City – A total of 21 persons, including two female minors were arrested and P917,000 worth of suspected shabu were seized in separate buy-bust operations here and in Negros Occidental from September 18 to 21.
Of the total figure, P241,000 worth of shabu were confiscated in five cities and one municipality in the province while P676,000 were recovered in five villages here.
Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Negros Occidental scored the biggest drug haul last week with P374,000 worth of suspected shabu from Aaron Pañares Sauce, who was collared in a drug bust at Barangay 2 here last Wednesday. He is a high value target.
It was followed by two buy-bust operations at Barangays 27 and Tangub here last Thursday, which resulted in the confiscation of P45,000 and P17,000 worth of suspected shabu from two persons, respectively. Both suspects are detained at Police Stations 4 and 8, respectively.
The following day, a man was also arrested at Barangay Banago here which led to the seizure of P180,000 worth of suspected shabu. He is detained at Police Station 3.
Over the weekend, P60,000 worth of suspected shabu was also seized from a man at Barangay Mandalagan here last Saturday. He is detained at Police Station 3.
In Negros Occidental, P75,000 worth of suspected shabu was confiscated from a woman in Silay City, followed by the recovery of P45,000 worth of the same contraband from two persons in Talisay City last Friday.
Also recovered in Kabankalan City that day was P15,000 worth of suspected shabu from six persons, including two female teenagers.
Four persons were arrested in two separate drug raids in San Carlos City which led to the seizure of a total of P36,000 worth of suspected shabu over the weekend while a man was also arrested in Toboso town last Saturday.
In Himamaylan City, two persons were arrested for the recovery of P70,000 worth of suspected shabu last Saturday.
Some police operatives were injured after the suspects resisted arrest during the buy-bust operation, but they were subdued.