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3 nabbed in P13.6-M drug sting in Bacolod City

November 24, 2020 - Tuesday 8:11 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image DRUG HAUL. Joint operatives led by personnel of the Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group seized two kilos of suspected shabu worth PHP13.6 million from three suspects during a buy-bust at a residence in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City on Monday night (Nov. 23, 2020). The prohibited substance was sent through a courier from Metro Manila, police said. (Photo courtesy of Bacolod City Police Office)

BACOLOD CITY – Three persons were arrested while two kilos of suspected shabu worth PHP13.6 million were seized during a joint police operation in a residence at J. R. Torres Subdivision, Barangay Singcang-Airport here on Monday night.

In a police report on Tuesday, the suspects were identified as live-in couple Regine Arroz, and Jun Mark Ibe, both 28; and their househelp Shiela Mhary Balarao, 34, a resident of Barangay Palara Norte, Pulupandan town.

Singcang-Airport village chief Rosinie Distrito, who witnessed the inventory of the seized items, congratulated the police teams for the successful operation. “If these illegal drugs were not intercepted, it would have caused harm,” he said.

Distrito said the suspects were new in the village and were just renting the place, where the buy-bust operation took place.

One of the operatives said in a radio interview that the drug sting was a follow-up of a recent operation in Luzon, where the Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG) learned that a batch of shabu supply will be transported from Metro Manila to Bacolod.

On Monday, Balarao was reportedly monitored claiming a package from a courier’s warehouse, and her movement was traced by the operatives, leading them to the couple’s house.

During the buy-bust at around 6 p.m., Ibe sold PHP15,000 worth of shabu to the poseur-buyer.

The operatives also recovered 20 big sachets of shabu, weighing two kilos, valued at a standard price of PHP13.6 million, along with PHP29,000 cash, a digital weighing scale, and a calculator.

The operation was conducted by personnel of PNP-DEG Special Operations Unit 4 and 7 with assistance from Regional Drug Enforcement Unit-Western Visayas and Bacolod City Police Office Police Station 8, which now has custody of the three suspects. Nanette Guadalquiver