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POT SESSION
Drugs den operator,
5 ‘visitors’ arrested

BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

A suspected drug den in Sitio Tugas, Barangay Piapi in Dumaguete was raided by joint operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Dumaguete City Police, and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency late last night, and they nabbed an alleged operator and five visitors who were allegedly having a pot session.

Arrested during a buy-bust operation was a Raul Viliran, 52, single, and Adrian Dy, Angel Enrique de la Peña, MC Daniel Villaranda, Jason Bandoy, and Farrel Catan, son of a city councilor who is out on bail also on drugs charges.

Confiscated from Viliran were two sachets of suspected shabu and the marked money that was found in his pocket, operatives said.

Viliran tried to elude arrest by going inside the house where the five others were reportedly sniffing drugs. Also recovered were shabu paraphernalia, 20 hand gloves, tin foil, several empty plastic sachets, and a plastic container with used drug paraphernalia, among others.

PDEA provincial director, Rayford Yap, said his office is preparing charges for violation of section 5 of Republic Act No. 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 against Viliran for sale, trading and distribution of shabu, and for maintaining a drug den under section 6, with no bail recommended.

The visitors may be charged with violating section 7 of the same law.

A few years back, Viliran’s compound was also searched for illegal drugs, that resulted in the conviction of a suspected drug user who was renting an adjacent nipa house.

Residents in the area have been complaining because of the noise created by motorcycles when buyers and users hold pot sessions late at night, or in the wee hours of the morning. Police are also looking into reports that some of Viliran’s customers are drivers of van-for-hire vehicles in the province, and some are still wearing their office uniforms.

Yap thanked the community for their cooperation in reporting the presence of drug dealers and peddlers in their area. He said it would be impossible for the PDEA to cover the entire province with only six personnel otherwise.*JG

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