Kabankalan Drug Bust Nets P675,000 Shabu
Yesterday afternoon’s checkpoint operation of the Kabankalan City Police Office at the national highway in Purok Matawhay in Barangay Binicuil netted some P675,000 worth of suspected shabu.
INTERCEPTED. Alo Mangondato Bacarat, right, was intercepted by Kabankalan City policemen yesterday afternoon in a checkpoint in Brgy. Binicuil, with suspected shabu.* (Jun Gaton/Pasiplat photo)
Kabankalan PNP Director, Supt. Salvador Dagoon told Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) that he and his policemen, together with the city’s traffic enforcers, put up the checkpoint, and were able to nab a suspected drugs courier identified as Alo Mangondato Bacarat.
Taken from Bacarat, a native of Cawayan Linuk, Marantao, Lanao Del Sur but temporarily residing in Binalbagan, Negros Occidental, were 11 big transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu with estimated street value of P675,000, one black Cherry Mobile phone, cash amounting to P22,470 and two pawnshop receipts.
Supt. Dagoon also told NDB that Bacarat came from Hinigaran and was on his way to Kabankalan proper at about 4:20 yesterday afternoon when he was flagged down at the Binicuil highway checkpoint.
The suspect has been on top of the authorities’ list of persons known to be transporting illegal drugs in southern Negros.
Dagoon said the inventory of items taken from Bacarat was witnessed by DOJ Rep. Chambeline Gasataya, Brgy. Captain Jerry Fuentes and Kagawad Marvin Tupan.
Recently, authorities from other government and police intelligence units revealed to NDB that there are allegedly some prominent individuals in the city and other southern parts of the province who are under surveillence for illegal drug trade.
The same NDB sources also said some businessmen in the south are also on their watch list.
Anti-illegal drug advocates, they said are helping them fortify their evidences against those into illegal drugs, saying the support and tips of the public are vital in the fight against illegal drugs.* (JUN GATON/Pasiplat with reports from Arman Toga)