BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Five kilos of suspected shabu with a market value of P34 million were seized yesterday by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency from an arrested drug suspect during a buy-bust operation along the national highway of Brgy. Old Poblacion in Escalante City, Negros Occidental.
Nabbed during a buy-bust operation by PDEA, assisted by the Escalante City Police Station, Philippine Coast Guard and Regional Drug Enforcement Group of Police Regional Office 6, was Vicente Sepuesca, 42, of Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod City.
PDEA investigations show that the arrested suspect, who came from Cebu, was on his way to deliver the supply of shabu to Bacolod City when the buy-bust operation took place in Escalante.
The packing of suspected shabu in fiver Chinese tea bags was observed by PDEA to have been similar to those confiscated in Metro Manila.
A kilo of suspected shabu is being sold at P6 million to P8 million, according to Agent Bamboo of PDEA-Negros Occidental.
PDEA considers Sepuesca as a High Value Individual drug personality due to the large volume of suspected shabu seized from him during a high impact operation.
Sepuesca is now detained at the Escalante City Police Station.*