Couple yields P2.8-M worth of ‘shabu’

The P2.8 million worth of suspected shabu seized by police from a couple in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Police Regional Office-6)

By Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – Police Brigadier General Jack Wanky, director of Police Regional Office (PRO)-6, said they are not letting up in their campaign against illegal drugs in Western Visayas.

This statement came after the Regional Police Drug Enforcement Unit (RPDEU)-6 arrested a couple with 420 grams of suspected shabu worth P2,856,000 in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Tangub last Thursday.

“Hindi tayo makokontento na may nahuli na tayong ganito ay magpapahinga na tayo” (We will not be satisfied that we have caught something like this, we will rest), Wanky said in a media interview, following his talk to the personnel of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo) during his visit to the provincial headquarters in Barangay Estefania yesterday.

Police withheld the names of the live-in partners, aged 42 and 32, pending the filing of the case.

Police Major Eugene Tolentino, head of Police Station 8, said the man was the subject of the operation, being the top 8 provincial target-listed drug personality of the police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Tolentino said the man was previously arrested for a drug offense and was listed on the station’s drug watchlist.

Tolentino added that the couple is considered high-value individuals due to the large volume of drug recovery.

Also recovered by police from the live-in partners were the P13,000 marked money and an improvised tooter.

Wanky said that drug peddlers or drug lords have a new strategy to maintain their market amid the arrest of their members.

He urged the police to never surrender and continue their intensified anti-illegal drug operations.

“This should serve as inspiration to the operatives since there’s always apprehensions.”