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Negros raids yield P1M worth of illegal drugs

BACOLOD CITY—Three separate buy-bust operations in Negros Occidental over the weekend yielded more than P1 million worth of illegal drugs, police records showed.

On Sunday, a joint team of Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group South and Kabankalan City Police Office seized 50 grams of suspected “shabu” (methamphetamine hydrochloride) with an estimated market value of P300,000.

The raid at RGA Pension House on Rivera Street, Barangay 3, Kabankalan also led to the arrest of two suspects.

Senior Supt. Samuel Nacion, acting director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said Alfredo Guadalupe III, 40, of Barangay 3, is in the drug watchlist of Kabankalan police while Dennis Guanzon, 39, of Barangay Tabu, Ilog, is the town’s number three drug personality.

The two suspects are detained at Kabankalan police station.

In Bacolod City, operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-6 and Police Station 6, recovered 115 grams of suspected shabu with an estimated market value of at least P700,000 during a buy-bust at City Heights Subdivision, Barangay Taculing Saturday afternoon.

Arrested were Cedric Zayco, 46, of Eroreco, Barangay Mandalagan; Mirelan King, of Puentebella Subdivision, Barangay Taculing, both in Bacolod; and Rafael Abella, 41, of Barangay Talongon, Bais City, Negros Oriental.

Also recovered during the raid were the P6,500 marked money, P1,500 cash, and a black Mitsubishi Lancer car.

PDEA team leader Johnna Mirador said Zayco is included in their watchlist and was placed under surveillance for almost a month before he was arrested.

The three suspects, who are detained at the lock-up cell of Police Station 6 here, will be charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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