CONFISCATED. The estimated PHP3 million worth of suspected shabu seized from a female drug personality in a police buy-bust inside the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City on Wednesday night (December 5, 2018). (Photo courtesy of Eden Aboso/Aksyon Radyo Bacolod)
BACOLOD CITY — An estimated PHP3 million worth of suspected shabu was seized from a female drug personality in a police buy-bust inside the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan here on Wednesday night.
The Police Regional Office-6 identified the suspect as Mylane Khate Arroz, 38, who was arrested with Judith Solano, 23. They are now detained at the Police Station 7 here.
The operation around 6 p.m., initiated by personnel of the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU), resulted in the recovery of a large plastic pouch containing suspected shabu weighing at least 200 grams placed inside a box.
Arroz, who sold a sachet of suspected shabu to an undercover policeman for PHP500, also yielded two more sachets of the prohibited substance along with PHP1,100 cash and a mobile phone.
Senior Insp. Mark Reclamado, team leader of RDEU in Negros Occidental, said in a radio interview that Arroz, who is into selling ukay-ukay (used clothes), had been previously arrested in a case related to maintaining a drug den.
Arroz, in a separate radio interview, denied involvement in the illegal drug trade, saying she was with her friend for their ukay-ukay business.
The PHP3-million drug haul on Wednesday was among the biggest confiscation of illegal drugs in Bacolod since last August.
On Aug. 7, personnel of Police Station 2 seized PHP1.44 million of shabu from two suspects in a buy-bust at Purok Ube, Barangay 4. A day after, City Drug Enforcement Unit (CDEU) operatives seized PHP1.02 million of the same prohibited substance from four high-value personalities in a buy-bust in Barangay Singcang-Airport.
On Aug. 9, newly-identified drug personality Errol Gimarangan Jr. was arrested with PHP5.1 million worth of “shabu” also in Barangay Singcang-Airport during the operation conducted by personnel of Police Station 8.
Also on Sept. 1, a buy-bust operation yielded more than PHP1-million worth of the same substance at Rio Bella Pension House on Lacson Extension, Barangay Singcang-Airport.
On Sept. 26, about PHP1.2 million worth of shabu were seized by operatives of the CDEU in a buy-bust in Purok Tahong, Barangay 2. (PNA)