Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency seized 20 grams of suspected shabu valued at about P150,000 from a housewife in a buy-bust operation in Purok Sto. Niño, Barangay 2, Bacolod City at about 11:30 a.m..yesterday.
PDEA-Negros Occidental head, Investigation Agent 1 Guilbert Sumalancay yesterday said they arrested Rosa Inocencio Calates, 57, who is one of the drug personalities in their watchlist, after conducting surveillance operations on her.
Sumalancay said they recovered from Calates 17 big plastic sachets of suspected shabu, 14 elongated plastic sachets and three smalls plastic sachets containing the banned substance, estimated at more than P100,000. If sold, its street value could be about P150,000, he said.
Calates has been involved in illegal drugs activities for a long time and admitted that she had previous cases related to drugs, he said.
Sumalancay also said that, based on the volume of illegal substance recovered from her, they consider Calates a “top level” drug pusher since only such personalities are supplied with big quantities of suspected shabu.
He said her ID showed that she lives in Purok Sigay, Brgy 2, but they have received reports that she has other houses outside of the barnagay and they are investigating this.
Calates is now detained at Police Precinct 2 and charges for violation of R.A. 9165 or the Comprehensive Drug Act of 2002 have been filed by the PDEA agents against her.
Meanwhile, Sumalancay said that, with the opening of classes they have intensified their preventive education campaign to educate high school students and even elementary pupils against illegal drugs, noting that cases of drugs have become very alarming.
Even minors are being exploited in illegal drug activities, he said.
Sumalancay advised parents to monitor the activities of their children, especially the places where they go and people they are with. It is difficult to determine people who engage in illegal drugs activities because they are very elusive, he said.
Parents should protect their children from being involved in illegal drugs. They should not give them more money than what they really need to keep them away from temptation, he added.
Sumalangcay also warned parents that they will be held liable under R.A. 9169 if their child is caught engaging in the illegal drugs activity.*CGS