‘Pusher’, 4 others arrested
A suspected shabu pusher and four users were nabbed in a buy-bust operation by the Bacolod City Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group in Purok Sigay, Brgy. 2, at about 3:30 p.m. Monday.
CAIDSTOG chief, Senior Insp. Neil Exaltado, said Eugene Sevillano, 33, of Purok Sigay, Brgy. 2 in Bacolod, was arrested when he handed an elongated heat-sealed plastic sachet of suspected shabu to a police poseur-buyer in exchange for P300.
Exaltado said they also arrested Rico Velasquez, 32, of Brgy. 1; Emmanuel Diamante, 26, of Brgy. 40; Jerry Magbanua, 40, of Brgy. 17; and Sheddah Apawan, 28, of Brgy. Mandalagan, all of Bacolod, while in the act of sniffing suspected shabu at the house of Sevillano.
Apawan said she only went to the house to give the red bag she had borrowed from Velasquez. But she admitted using drugs sometimes, the police said.
Recovered from Sevillano after his arrest were four elongated and one big heat-sealed plastic sachets of suspected shabu, Exaltado said.
Recovered from his house were a plastic straw used as scoop, bamboo clip, two pairs of scissors, a black box, a cellular phone containing messages of illegal drugs transactions, and P300 in cash believed to be proceeds from the sale of the illegal drugs, police records show.
Two disposable lighters and two improvised tooters with visible traces of suspected shabu were also seized from the four other suspects, records also show.
Sevillano said the police did not recover the shabu from him, but he admitted selling drugs to finance the hospital needs of his newborn child as his income for repairing electrical appliances is not enough.
Exaltado said the wife of Sevillano is presently detained at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod, for violation of Section 5 of Republic Act 9165, or the sale of illegal drugs.
Sevillano added that he does not own the illegal drugs paraphernalia recovered by the police as he was only a boarder in that house with the others arrested.
Exaltado said a drug test conducted on the suspects and the seized items yielded positive results.
He added that Sevillano will be charged for violation of sections 5, 11, and 12 of RA 9165, or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and the four other persons for sections 12 and 15, before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office soon.*SGG
Old grudge eyed in
The police said an old grudge is being eyed as the motive for the shooting of a man at about 2:45 a.m. in Santo Niño Stop, Brgy. 2, Bacolod City.
Senior Insp. Jovil Sedel, Station 2 chief, said Ricky Pasilan, “alias Pipoy”, 22, of Purok Cagaycay in Brgy. 2, Bacolod, sustained gunshot wounds in the head and left armpit, and was brought to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital.
She said they have already identified the suspect but his name was withheld pending his arrest.
Investigation conducted by Station 2 policemen showed that Pasilan was shot with an unknown firearm, that is believed to be homemade.
Sedel said police recovered a .22 caliber ammunition with firing pin impressions and a piece of metal, believed to have been used, at the crime scene.*SGG
PDEA, BJMP hold
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Region 6 conducted a Greyhound operation at the Bacolod City District Jail at about 6 a.m. yesterday.
The team, led by PDEA head Ronnie Delicana and BJMP Insp. Jobert Tulayan, did not recover any illegal drugs or cash, but several bottles, pieces of wood, pail holder, and the like, that the inmates may use as makeshift weapons, and a damaged cellular phone, records show.
Chief Insp. Gilbert Peremne, BCDJ warden, said the PDEA and BJMP had signed a memorandum of understanding on the random conduct of the Greyhound operation. He said this was to make sure that the jail is free of drugs, and is also a re-evaluation of the weekly operations made at the City District Jail.
A Greyhound operation was also held last month at the Iloilo City District Jail in Jaro, Iloilo, he said. Peremne said they will strictly inspect the visitors of detainees, and another passageway is being built for visitors going to the visiting area.
A communication center was also put up so that the inmates can communicate with their relatives. They also launched the “e-Dalaw” internet service where inmates can chat, video chat, send messages and interact with their loved ones, with the assistance of a jail officer, Peremne said.
He added that they also participated in the BJMP national painting contest, and three entries of the Bacolod inmates were sent to the national headquarters in Quezon City, Manila to compete with the paintings of other inmates nationwide.*SGG