A suspected drug pusher was able to evade arrest during a police buy-bust operation in Brgy. 2, Bacolod City, at about 1:20 p.m. yesterday.
Bacolod City Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group head, Supt. Santiago Rapiz, identified the suspect as Danilo Carpentero, 38, of Purok Cagaycay, Brgy. 2.
He said Carpentero sensed that he was dealing with policemen, and immediately entered his house, locked the main door and escaped through the back door.
A pair of scissors, two disposable lighters, an improvised bamboo clip and a plastic straw was seized from the suspect’s place, police records show.
Rapiz told the DAILY STAR that Carpentero had been arrested before for illegal drug charges, but Regional Trial Court Branch 52 Judge Anita Chua dismissed the complaints after the chemist from the crime laboratory of the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office failed to appear in court as witness.
He said charges for illegal possession of drug paraphernalia and sale of illegal drugs will be filed against the suspect.
Meanwhile, charges for the cultivation and culture of a marijuana plant were filed by the CAIDSTOG against a cock farm caretaker before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office Friday.
Charged was Gilbert Gonzales, “alias Boboy”, 32, of Purok Pag-asa, Brgy. Tangub, Rapiz said.
Gonzales was caught at about 4:20 p.m. Thursday at his house with an 8-foot tall marijuana plant.
Gonzales said he bought the marijuana seeds eight months ago from a resident of Purok Pag-asa, whom he did not identify, and planted them but denied selling the dried marijuana leaves.*APN
Fire hits one-storey house
About P300,000 worth of properties turned to ashes when a fire hit a single storey house at a subdivision in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City, Saturday.
Resident Rodesa Yap informed the Bureau of Fire Protection that the house of Mario Espartero at Hermelinda Homes Subdivision was on fire at about 9:45 p.m.
Three fire trucks from the Bacolod BFP were dispatched to the area, assisted by volunteers of the Amity and Chinese Chamber fire brigades, Chief Insp. Bartolome Beliran, city fire marshal, said.
The fire that reached first alarm status was put out at about 10:27 p.m., with no one reported injured, he added.
Investigation conducted by Fire Officers 3 Gerson Ganava and Cornelio Silva and Fire Officer 1 Anthony Banay showed that the fire originated at the eastern portion of the house.
Its cause is still being determined by the BFP.*APN