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P1.875-M worth of ‘shabu’ seized in Bacolod buy-bust

TWO PERSONS were arrested while PHP1.875-million worth of suspected shabu were confiscated by police operatives in a buy-bust in Purok Riverside, Barangay Banago here over the weekend, police reported on Sunday.

The operation, conducted by personnel of Police Station 3 at about 5 a.m. on Saturday, led to the arrest of Randy Benjamin, 39, and Jamil Equital, 22. Another suspect, Leoner Jalando-on, 35, fled.

Benjamin, a former village watchman, sold PHP2,000 worth of shabu to an undercover policeman. Equital was identified as his runner.

The suspects also yielded about 150 grams of the prohibited substance along with drug paraphernalia and five live ammunition of a 12-gauge shotgun.

In an interview, Chief Insp. Ruel Culanag, head of Police Station 3, said Benjamin, a newly-identified drug personality, sources his illegal drug supply from Metro Manila and is believed to be a distributor in nearby localities.

Also at about 10 p.m. on Saturday, operatives of Police Station 7 arrested two persons in a buy-bust operation in Purok Cabuguason, Barangay Mansilingan here.

Bernadette Prado, 36, and Jeric John Medel, 23, were found in possession of PHP7,000 worth of suspected shabu after selling PHP500 of the prohibited substance to a police poseur-buyer. (Nanette Guadalquiver)

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