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Dumaguete City, Philippines Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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‘Big-time pusher’ nabbed
with P100,000 in ‘shabu’

BY JUDY F. PARTLOW & JUANCHO GALLARDE

A suspected big-time drug pusher was arrested in a buy-bust operation that bagged two large heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu, worth about P100,000at the Cadawinonan Housing Project in Barangay Cadawinonan, Dumaguete City, at around 1:10 p.m. yesterday.

Suspect Rommel Gumera Casuco, “alias Abay”, 22, married, of Block 2, Lot 2, Cadawinonan Housing, was nabbed when he allegedly soldsuspected shabu to an undercover agent.

Insp. Ryan Jay Orapa, chief of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, said the suspected shabu is believed part of a large shipment that arrived from Muntinlupa Sunday.

He said about 50 grams of suspected shabu were delivered yesterday to Casuco who allegedly disposed a part of it, worth P180,000 immediately.

Casuco is in the police’s watch list of suspected drug pushers in Dumaguete and Negros Oriental, who are believed to be transacting directly from their main source or sources at the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, Orapa said.

Police have repeatedly admitted that illegal drugs transactions from Muntinlupa to Dumaguete are difficult to trace, with the use of mobile phones and transactions done through remittance centers.

The buy-bust was conducted by operatives of PAIDSOTG and the Dumaguete Police, in cooperation with the local Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Casuco admitted being in the illegal sale of shabu saying it is to supporthis family, as heearns at least P3,000 a week. He told investigators that his supplies come from Muntinlupa,but he does not know the mastermind.

Orapa said they have penetrated the ranks of drug personalities because of tips from disgruntled associates and information from concerned citizens.

In Valencia, Mayor Edgar Teves directed the police torun after drug pushers and users.

Valencia police chief, Senior Insp. Wilfredo Villoria, said the mayor issued a stern warning against the proliferation of illegal drugs in the town during the flag-raising ceremony.

Teves does not deny that his son is a victim of the menace, and he enjoining the community to help monitor and report the presence of personspushing illegal drugs in the town.*JFP/JG

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