Po­lice seize P112-M shabu from Paro­jinog stash

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AT LEAST P112 mil­lion worth of sus­pected metham­phetamine hy­drochlo­ride or shabu were re­cov­ered dur­ing a se­ries of anti-il­le­gal drugs op­er­a­tions on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 6, by the Oza­miz City po­lice in Misamis Oc­ci­den­tal, a po­lice of­fi­cial said Thurs­day.

Oza­miz City Po­lice chief Jovie Espenido said he be­lieved the il­le­gal drugs were among the stash of the Paro­jinog fam­ily, who al­legedly mo­nop­o­lized the il­le­gal drugs op­er­a­tions in the area prior to the death of Mayor Rey­naldo Paro­jinog in a po­lice raid last July 30.

“Lu­mang sup­ply iyan, pag­dat­ing ko sa Oza­miz tinago nila. Ngayon lang in­i­l­abas dahil nakita nila, na nagha­hanap sila ng pera at patay na yung papa nila,” Espenido said. (That’s part of their stocks. They prob­a­bly hid it when I ar­rived in Oza­miz. They’re prob­a­bly un­load­ing it now to raise money be­cause their fa­ther is dead.)

“Ac­cord­ing sa nakuha nam­ing in­for­ma­tion, up to 86 ki­los iyan last year. ‘Yung transaksyon nila, ‘yung taga-Cebu, mag­pupunta sa Oza­miz, sakay lang ng barko. Ga­nundin ‘yung taga-Lanao, taga-Gen­eral San­tos,” he added.

(Based on the in­for­ma­tion we have gath­ered, they had an in­ven­tory of up to 86 ki­los last year. Their buy­ers from Cebu, Lanao and Gen­eral San­tos would come here in Oza­miz and get the sup­ply, which would be trans­ported by sea.)

Espenido said the se­ries of anti-il­le­gal drugs op­er­a­tions started when Butch Merino, a for­mer driver and bodyguard of de­tained Oza­miz City Vice Mayor Princess Nova Paro­jinog, was ar­rested at a check­point. Some P8 mil­lion worth of il­le­gal drugs, a firearm and two mag­a­zines seized from him.

Merino, dur­ing the in­ter­ro­ga­tion, iden­ti­fied his sup­plier as Melden Rabarez. Au­thor­i­ties con­ducted an en­trap­ment op­er­a­tion to ar­rest Rabarez along with a cer­tain Rose­lyn Walo­han.

Po­lice re­cov­ered Rabarez and Walo­han cash worth P27 mil­lion and a kilo­gram of shabu in­tended for a dis­trib­u­tor in Lanao.

Mean­while, Chief In­spec­tor Cipri­ano Bazar Jr., act­ing head of Re­gional Tac­ti­cal Op­er­a­tions Cen­ter, said Oza­miz po­lice con­ducted fol­low-up op­er­a­tions on the strength of a search warrant at the homes of Melo­dia Malin­gin, Gau­den­cio Malin­gin, May­chell Paro­jinog Guma­pac, Manuelito Fran­cisco, Riza­lina Fran­cisco, June Fran­cisco, Ri­cardo Paro­jinog and Christo­pher Paro­jinog, all sup­port­ers and rel­a­tives of the slain mayor.

The Malin­gins were ar­rested dur­ing the op­er­a­tion. Po­lice re­cov­ered from them at least eight ki­los of shabu and drug para­pher­na­lia. The other sub­jects of the warrant, how­ever, eluded ar­rest but po­lice re­cov­ered from their house il­le­gal drugs and other para­pher­na­lia, firearms and as­sorted am­mu­ni­tion.

Espenido said they have in­for­ma­tion that de­tained Vice Mayor Paro­jinog still has con­trol over the il­le­gal drugs trade in their area.

“Sin­abi na may magtawag kay Vice Mayor sa ku­lun­gan para sa transaksyon (They said the vice mayor gets calls and does busi­ness even in de­ten­tion),” he said.

Mayor Paro­jinog, who was on drugs watch­list of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte, was killed along with his wife and 13 oth­ers in a pre-dawn raid on his res­i­dence in Oza­miz City on July 30, 2017. (SunS­tar Philip­pines)

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