BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
A series of police operations led to the confiscation of P1.2 million of suspected shabu and unlicensed firearms from seven arrested suspects in different cities and towns of Negros Occidental on January 24 and 25.
Policemen recovered 160 grams of suspected shabu with a market value of P1.08 millionduring a buy-bust operation on Jan. 24 at Sitio Tul-ang in Brgy Rizal, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.
It also resulted to the arrest of Cesar Pasigay, alias Manong, categorized by the police as a High Value Individual (HVI) drug personality, who also ranks number eight in the city police drug watch list.
Aside from shabu, the police also recovered P90,000 buy-bust money, P1,660 in cash believed to be proceeds from sale of illegal drugs and a black Rusi motorcycle.
Two other buy-bust operations in Brgys. Mambulac and Guinhalaran, all in Silay City, on Jan. 24, also led to the arrests of drug suspects John Andrew Ferrer and Liezl Bitalac, and recovery of an estimated 11 grams of suspected shabu with a total market value of P74,800, marked money amounting to P1,600, a Honda motorcycle, and assorted drug paraphernalia.
Three other suspects identified as Rafael Umaway, Fred Eljan Tiaoson and Raymund Guisingan are now locked up in jail following their apprehension on Jan. 24 in Sitio Carolina, Brgy 2 poblacion, La Carlota City, for illegal possession of firearms and illegal drugs.
Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, assisted by the local police as well as troopers of the Provincial Mobile Force Company, recovered a .38 caliber revolver with three ammunition, an improvised 12-gauge shotgun with two ammunition, P100 in marked money and an estimated three grams of suspected shabu with a market value of P20,400during the buy-bust operation.
The arrest of another drug suspect identified by the police as July Zamora on Jan. 25 in Brgy. Rizal, San Carlos City, also yielded about four grams of suspected shabu with a market value of P27, 200.*