The series of drug hauls by the Bacolod City Police Office have reached P8.9 million worth of suspected shabu, in a span of 9 days.
The latest was in Purok Kabulakan I, Barangay Singcang-Airport in Bacolod City, at about 7 last night, where Station 8 cops seized P5.16 million worth of suspected illegal drugs, the biggest so far in the city.
Chief Insp. Ruel Culanag, Station 8 commander, reported that 19 sachets of suspected shabu weighing 430 grams, P500 in marked money, several drugs paraphernalia, and P400 in cash believed to be proceeds of the sale of the illegal substance were recovered from Errol Gimarangan, 28, of Barangay Alijis in Bacolod.
The amount was based on the estimated Dangerous Drugs Board value of P12,000 per gram of shabu.
Gimarangan had been staying in Purok Kabulakan I for five months now with his partner, whose name was not disclosed, Culanag said.
He said Gimarangan is a newly-identified drug personality, and had been under surveillance for more than a week. The suspect’s modus was to sell big sachets of shabu in Barangay Singcang-Airport and nearby barangays in the city.
Culanag said Gimarangan’s source of shabu is still under investigation.
On Wednesday, about P72 million worth of suspected shabu was seized in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, but the three suspects were able to escape.
In the first nine days of this month, the Bacolod police have arrested 33 persons consisting of 25 newly-identified drug personalities, six high value targets, and two street-level targets in 18 operations they conducted.
Among the big drug hauls were the P1,020,000 worth of suspected shabu from four men, also in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Wednesday.
The suspects, Pastor Palo and Renante Sonalan, were released after serving sentences for 20 to 25 years for drugs charges, Senior Supt. Francisco Ebreo, Bacolod City Police Office acting city director, said.
Also arrested in the operation were Jesus Paurillo, and Jesus Rodriguez.
Ebreo said the group of Palo is affiliated with the existing big drug group in Bacolod, the name of which was withheldby the police.
On Tuesday, about P1,400,000 worth of suspected shabu was also confiscated from two residents of Marawi City in Barangay 4, Bacolod.
Asked if why there are still many persons, who, despite the series of arrests and confiscations of illegal drugs, are still engaging in it, Ebreo said the reasons are easy earning of money, and the absence of the death penalty for drug-related charges.
“Although we are making all efforts, and maximizing our resources, the illegal drugs menace still continues because the profits these people are getting through selling drugs are big and the transactions are fast, despite the risk, unlike doing labor such as in construction, where you earn a little and yet you get tired,” Ebreo said.
Another reason is the law on drug-related charges, where those charged under Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, can get some recourse, if they have very good lawyers, he said.
Having no death penalty is also a reason why many are still engaging in it, because even if a lot of people have already been arrested, no one had been sentenced to death, Ebreo added.*SGG
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