P3.4-M in ‘shabu’ seized in Negros Oriental

A 36-year-old woman was busted by police with P3.4 million worth of suspected shabu in Barangay Magatas, Sibulan, Negros Oriental Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office)

By Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD City – Around 504 grams of suspected shabu worth P3,427,200 were seized by police operatives from a woman in a buy-bust operation at Purok 3, Barangay Magatas, Sibulan, Negros Oriental last Sunday.

Operatives of the Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit, Provincial Intelligence Unit, and Sibulan Municipal Police Station, arrested the 36-year-old subject whose name was withheld by the authorities.

Investigation indicated that she is an alleged known drug user in the area, based on a report from Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Visayas.

According to the regional police office, the suspect has an alleged unidentified contact from the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City who reportedly usually directs her where and when to deliver the illegal drugs in some areas in Negros Oriental, specifically in Dumaguete City, and the towns of Sibulan and Valencia.

Also, she told authorities that she had allegedly regularly disposed of 500 grams of shabu per transaction from Bacolod City.

Brigadier General Anthony Aberin, PRO-Central Visayas’s director, lauded the operational efforts of the personnel involved in the successful arrest of the said high value individual (HVI), which positively affects the drug supply in Negros Oriental.

Meanwhile, Police Lieutenant Abegael Donasco, public information officer of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo), said that the police continuously monitors and intensifies its campaign against illegal drugs to prevent its entry into the province.

Just yesterday, police arrested a 56-year-old woman with 20 grams of suspected shabu worth P136,000, and a firearm in a drug bust in Barangay 9, Victorias City, Negros Occidental.

Police identified the subject as a certain “Jenny,” tagged as a street level individual.

Included in the recovery were seven sachets of suspected shabu, a .38 caliber revolver, marked money, and other non-drug evidence.

She will be facing drug charges, and another case for illegal possession of a firearm.

In a statement, Police Brigadier General Sidney Villaflor, director of Police Regional Office (PRO)-6, appealed to those in possession of firearms without licenses to surrender them to authorities for the safety of all.

He also stressed the importance of not wasting lives due to illegal substances.

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