P100,000 in drugs, guns seized in Alijis

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Friday, June 6, 2014

ABOUT P100,000 worth of illegal drug shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) and several high-powered firearms were recovered from the house of suspected drug pushers who evaded arrest during the buy-bust operation at Benares Compound, Barangay Alijis in Bacolod City Wednesday evening.

The drug raid conducted around 6:30 p.m. also resulted to the arrest of five suspects inside the compound for visiting a drug den, Senior Superintendent Larry Decena, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), said on Thursday.

Arrested were Jonathan Dumlao, 46, of Barangay Mansilingan, Hansel Benares, 46, and his cousin Merriame Benares, Bong Chua, and Paul Bilbao, all of Barangay Alijis.


Subject of the raid Morito Benares, his cousin William Chua, and four others fled.

Morito escaped after he handed to a police poseur-buyer a sachet of suspected shabu in exchange for P700.

Police recovered from Morito’s house 10 more sachets of suspected shabu, P700 marked money, a digital weighing scale, a cellular phone, several empty plastic sachets, and P32,000 cash.

Decena said the operatives recovered from Chua’s house four big heat sealed sachets of suspected shabu, two weighing scales, several empty plastic sachets, a rolled aluminum foil, two 12-gauge magnum shotguns loaded with live ammunition, one 9mm handgun with empty magazine, two short empty M16 rifle magazines, two short loaded M16 rifle magazines, and a long empty rifle ammunition.

Also recovered were 20 big sachets as well as one elongated plastic sachet all containing suspected shabu, 31 carbine live ammunition and two grenade rifles, along with drug paraphernalia.

Seized from Benares’s possession were two big sachets of suspected shabu, two dried marijuana fruiting tops placed inside a plastic sachet, and drug paraphernalia.

The police are preparing the documents for the filing of charges against the suspects for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and of Republic Act 8294 for illegal possession of firearms.

Mulleta said the recovered shabu have a market value of P100,000.

Benares denied she engaged in illegal drugs trade and claimed the items found in her possession were planted by the police.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Western Visayas region confirmed the some of the suspects arrested were included in their watchlist.

Atty. Ronnie Delicana, PDEA regional deputy director, said the suspects are active sellers and maintainers of a drug den in Bacolod City.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 06, 2014.

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