Ex-con falls in P516K drug bust

By Jennifer P. Rendon

A convicted drug pusher was arrested anew in a police anti-narcotics operation evening of Dec 10, 2022 in Panay, Capiz.

Police identified the suspect as Michael Abaracoso, 32, a resident of Barangay IX, Roxas City, Capiz.

Members of the Capiz Provincial Police Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU) and Panay Municipal Police Station arrested the suspect after selling a sachet of suspected shabu for P7,000 while at Barangay Bato, Panay town.

When frisked, the suspect yielded 15 sachets of suspected shabu, two digital weighing scales, a bundle of empty transparent plastic sachets; a mobile phone, and other non-drug items.

The seized drugs weighed around 76 grams and valued at P516,800.

Based on police records, Abaracoso is a high-value individual (HVI) drug personality.

He was also arrested in a buy-bust operation on Oct. 26, 2016 on Bayot Drive, Roxas City.

He availed of the plea-bargaining agreement and was released from jail on November 2019.

Last month, two persons also yielded big volume of illegal drugs in separate anti-illegal drug operations in Panay town.

Jose Carlos Balgos, 33, a tricycle driver from Poblacion Ilaya, Panay, was nabbed on Nov 28 at Barangay Tanza Sur.

Around 25 grams of shabu worth P177,000 was seized from his possession.

On Nov 19, a jobless man was arrested at Barangay Tanza Norte.

Rodel Isiderio, 28, of Barangay Mongpong, Roxas City, yielded shabu valued at P884,000.

Just like Isiderio and Balgos, Abaracoso will also be charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (With a report from Felipe V. Celino)