• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Separate buy bust operations of the police in Negros Occidental led to the confiscation of about P1.1 million worth of suspected shabu, following arrests of three drug suspects on August 18 and 19, respectively.
Police have seized another P1 million worth of suspected shabu on Saturday as a result of an intelligence-driven police operation, from an arrested drug suspect in Purok Pablo Torre, Brgy. Vista Alegre, Bacolod City.
Nabbed by operatives of the Bacolod City Police Office Drug Enforcement Unit was Alfredo Aplasca Jr., alias Nene, who yielded an estimated 153 grams of suspected shabu, with a market value of P1,040,000.
Aplasca, 57, has been categorized by the police as a High Value Individual drug personality.
On August 11, the police also confiscated 2.12 kilos of suspected shabu worth P14 million in the same place, from an arrested drug suspect identified by the police as Michael Frias.
Frias was alleged by the police to be a member of Caunda Drug Group.
Two other drug suspects identified by the police as John Mark Medina and Johnson Tan, were separately apprehended by the police on Aug. 18 in Sagay City and Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental.
The arrest of Medina in Brgy. 1 Poblacion, Sagay City, yielded about five grams of suspected shabu with a market value of P34,000.
Another five grams of suspected shabu worth P34,000, and P500 in marked money were recovered by the police from Tan, following his arrest inside a public cemetery at Brgy. 4, Moises Padilla.
The three arrested drug suspects are now locked up in jail, pending filing of charges against them for violation of RA 9165, also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.*