By Philippine News Agency
BACOLOD CITY — Police arrested four persons in a buy-bust operation at La Herencia Negrense Subdivision in Barangay Mandalagan here early Thursday morning.
The operation, conducted by the Police Station 3 Drug Enforcement Team, led to the arrest of high-value target Mary Grace Bonza, 35, and three others identified as Jaymar Gequinto, 26; Rhonna Grace Laluyan, 29; and Seth Andrew Mendoza, 29.
The suspects yielded eight sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated value of PHP500,000 along with the PHP2,000 marked money and PHP1,400 cash.
They are facing charges for violation of Section 5 (sale of dangerous drugs) and Section 11 (possession of dangerous drugs) under Article II of Republic Act 9165.
Senior Supt. Henry Biñas, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office, in a statement on Friday lauded the operating unit for their accomplishment as he urged them to strive harder in the campaign against illegal drugs.
During the period February 8 to 14, the Bacolod police have seized about PHP2.6 million worth of suspected shabu in various buy-bust operations.
Anti-drugs units recovered PHP2.1 million of the prohibited substance from February 8 to 10 which led to the arrest of nine suspects while on February 14 alone, PHP500,000 in shabu were confiscated from four suspects.
On February 10, Edmond Malanda, 30, was apprehended in Purok Rosas Pandan, Sitio Sibucao, Barangay Banago together with Maria Theresa Juarez, 42; and Daryl Punayan, 49.
The three yielded nine sachets of “shabu” valued at PHP130,000.
On February 9, two persons were nabbed in a buy-bust which led to the recovery of PHP1.875-million worth of shabu in Purok Riverside, Barangay Banago.
The operation, conducted by personnel of Police Station 3, led to the arrest of Randy Benjamin, 39, and Jamil Equital, 22. Another suspect, Leoner Jalando-on, 35, was able to escape.