5 jailed, P1.6M shabu seized in Negros Oriental

TWO separate anti-narcotics operations conducted by the local police in Negros Oriental on Thursday resulted in the arrest of five suspected drug traffickers and the confiscation of an estimated P1.6 million worth of shabu, Police Regional Office 7 director, Chief Superintendent Debold M. Sinas announced yesterday.

Three of the suspects identified as Jericho Pinili, 29; Fremone Cabellero, 22; and his sister Felarica Monitte, 25; were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Sitio Ogahong, Barangay Palinpinon in Valencia, Negros Oriental at 9 p.m. Thursday, the official said.

A 4th suspect identified only as one alias ‘Botsok’ managed to escape arrest during the sting and is still being hunted as of press time.

Sinas said that recovered from the suspects were seven plastic sachets containing some 200 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ worth P1.360 million and the marked money paid to them by a poseur.

Members of the Valencia Municipal Police Station, the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office Special Operations Group and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency were involved in the sting.

The 2nd buy-bust operation in Bgy. Cadawinonan in Dumaguete City led in the arrest of Rafael Miranda,18; and Erondel Tumaroy,27, after they conspired to sell shabu to an undercover agent 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

Recovered from the suspects were some 35 grams of suspected shabu valued at P240,000 and P1,820 in different denominations which were all believed to be part of their drug proceeds.

The two were arrested by members of the Dumaguete City Police Drug Enforcement Unit led by Senior Inspector Joel Tingson.

All suspects are now facing non-bailable charges for sale and possession of dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, said Sinas.