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‘Shabu’, firearms seized from
3 in drugs operations

BY JUDY PARTLOW & JUANCHO GALLARDE

Three men were arrested with suspected shabu, three firearms, bullets and a hand grenade in Guihulngan City and Valencia town in Negros Oriental Monday.
           
Those arrested in the anti-illegal drugs operations were identified as Roy Calvo Soreño, of legal age and resident of Barangay Calamba, Guihulngan City; Sherwin Uy Tirambulo, of legal age, from Barangay Cadre, also in Guihulngan; and Roland Calumen, 37, of Purok 3, Barangay Mampas in Valencia town.
           
Soreño was arrested in Guihulngan at around 5:30 p.m. Monday when he allegedly sold suspected shabu to an undercover agent. The buy-bust operation was conducted by the PNP Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, headed by Insp. Ryan Jay Orapa, and the Guihulngan City police, led by Senior Insp. Benidick Poblete, in coordination with the local Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.      
           
Confiscated from Soreño were two transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu, worth P5,000, the P500 marked bill used in the transaction, a .45 caliber pistol, and a magazine for a .45 caliber pistol with four rounds of live ammunition.
           
The operatives later swooped down on Tirambulo, at around 7:35 p.m., and confiscated from him seven heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets with suspected shabu granules, worth around P30,000, a P500 marked bill and bogus money, a .25 Llama caliber pistol, a hand grenade, one magazine of .25 caliber pistol with two live rounds of ammunition, a .38 caliber revolver with two live rounds, and a holster.
           
Senior Supt. Mariano Natuel Jr., OIC director of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, said the two suspects are considered Level 3 “drug pushers”, or those who can dispose of 200 grams of shabu or less each week.
           
Poblete said Tirambulo, alias Ilong, is the alleged number one drug pusher in Guihulngan City.
           
Valencia town police, meanwhile, arrested Calumen in his house in Barangay Mampas, Valencia, at around 5:50 p.m. Monday, by virtue of a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 40 Judge Gerardo Paguio, dated July 14, 2014.
           
Operatives, led by Valencia police chief Wilfredo Viloria, recovered three plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, a digital weighing scale, three disposable lighters, a cellphone and several plastic sachets.
           
Calumen said he was not selling, but only using shabu. He said he bought shabu from sources at the Cadawinonan housing site in Dumaguete, one of the five barangays seriously affected by illegal drugs.
           
He added that the three sachets seized from him were given by a friend, in exchange for the digital weighing scale.
           
Mampas Barangay Captain Teofreda Nodado said reports of drug use have reached her barangay, and this prompted local officials to inform the police, who conducted activities to verify the reports.
           
Police theorized that illegal drug personalities have shifted their operation to other barangays due to saturation drives conducted in the poblacion areas.
           
Natuel said police chiefs in the towns and cities of Negros Oriental are under strict instructions to undertake anti-illegal drugs operations.
           
A police chief s found not obeying the directive and not reporting any positive accomplishment, could be relieved from his post, Natuel added.*JFP/JG

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