Local News: Cadiz Cops Seize P175K Worth of Shabu in a Den, 4 Persons Fall
Several packs of suspected shabu worth P175, 000 were confiscated inside a drug den in Cadiz City, Saturday afternoon which also resulted to the arrest of four persons.
The raid was led by PSupt. Noel Mana-ay on an alleged drug den at Brgy. Zone 4 reportedly owned by Jolito Alopenia Sr., 45, through a search warrant issued by acting Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) presiding Judge Reginald Fuentebella on July 9, 2012.
PCInsp. Rico C. Santotome Jr., Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) spokesperson and Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (AIDSOTG) said that the major breakthrough relative to the campaign against illegal drugs in Northern Negros resulted to the recovery of P175, 000 worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride or ‘shabu’.
Seized in the raid were; six big packs and 18 small plastic sachets of suspected shabu, illegal drugs paraphernalia like weighing scale, calculators, lighters, improvised scoop and pins used in repacking the illegal drug and a unit of motorcycle.
Santotome added that cash proceeds believed to be fruits of their illegal trade worth P24,568 were likewise recovered from Alopenia.
The suspect’s live-in partner Precy Alopenia, 46, of Sitio San Pedro, Brgy. Zone 4 with Sheila Mae Cainoy, 32, and Jerry Lipsie Ybiernas, 24, both of Barangay Banque-rohan were also arrested during the said police operation.
PSupt. Remus Zacharias, NOPPO officer-in-charge expressed his appreciation to the Cadiz City PNP for their big accomplishment in the campaign against illegal drugs in the city while at the same time, directed the other police chiefs in the province to conduct their own anti-drug drive in their locality, said Santotome.
Reports added that the suspects are facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 specifically sections 6 (maintenance of a den), 7 (employees/visitors of a den), 11 (possession of dangerous drugs) and 12 (possession of paraphernalia for dangerous drugs) in court.
Maintainers of a drug den could face a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a fine ranging from P500,000 to P10 million while employees and visitors of a den face a penalty of 12 years and one day to 20 years imprisonment once convicted with P100,000 to P500,000 fine under Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.*