P121,200 ‘shabu’ seized in Vil­la­m­onte drug bust

Sun Star Bacolod - - Topstories - BY MERLINDA A. PE­DROSA

AN ES­TI­MATED P121, 200 worth of sus­pected shabu (metham­phetamine hy­drochlo­ride) was seized in a drug bust by op­er­a­tives of Po­lice Sta­tion 4 at Purok 45, Gon­zaga Sub­di­vi­sion, Barangay Vil­la­m­onte in Ba­colod City yes­ter­day.

The op­er­a­tion also led to the ar­rest of five drug per­son­al­i­ties iden­ti­fied as Rafael Mar­tir, his brother Jessie Mar­tir, and their com­pan­ions Jerry Lim­baga, John Philip Lau­reta, and Jo Ai­lain Gon­zaga, all of Ba­colod City.

Po­lice Cap­tain Rey Tolosa Jr., chief of Po­lice Sta­tion 4, said the tar­get of the op­er­a­tion was Rafael, who was ar­rested af­ter he sold a sa­chet of shabu to a po­lice un­der­cover at about 3:56 a.m.

He said Rafael’s brother and their three com­pan­ions were also in the area.

Po­lice re­cov­ered from the sus­pects’ pos­ses­sion 12 sa­chets of shabu, the P500 marked money, and drug para­pher­na­lia.

Tolosa said Rafael was in­cluded in the drug watch­list of Ba­colod City Po­lice Of­fice and was un­der sur­veil­lance for al­most a month be­fore his ar­rest.

“We neu­tral­ized them through the ef­fort and co­op­er­a­tion of the Barangay Anti-drug Abuse Coun­cil of Barangay Vil­la­m­onte,” he said.

Tolosa be­lieved that Rafael is get­ting sup­ply from drug per­son­al­i­ties in Barangays Granada and Ali­jis.

The sus­pects de­tained at the cus­to­dial fa­cil­ity of the po­lice sta­tion are fac­ing charges for vi­o­la­tion of Repub­lic Act 9165 or Com­pre­hen­sive Dan­ger­ous Drugs Act of 2002.*

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