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4 nabbed in drug-busts

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III

Four persons were arrested in buy-bust operations in barangays Felisa and Mansilingan, Bacolod City, yesterday and Saturday, that yielded more than P353,000 worth of suspected shabu.

Ronnel Balaquit, 25, of Purok Totong in Brgy. Felisa, who is a street level drug personality, was arrested by combined forces of Police Station 10 and the City Drug Enforcement Unit at about 3:20 p.m. yesterday, after he sold a sachet of “shabu” to a police poseur-buyer for P500.

Another eight sachets of suspected shabu, weighing about 27 grams, and with a market value of P183,600, were seized after his arrest, the police said.

Meanwhile, Station 7 chief, P/Captain Elmer Bonilla, said Marc Felix Tad-y, 29, of Helvetia Heights and Reynaldo Lepania, 43, of Gate 1, Villa Angela Subdivision, both in Brgy. Villamonte, and John Villegas, 38, of East Homes Subdivision in Brgy. Mansilingan, were also arrested in a buy-bust operation Saturday.

Bonilla said the three were arrested after one of them transacted to sell a sachet of suspected shabu to a police poseur-buyer for P1,000.

Confiscated during their arrest were nine heat-sealed sachets of suspected shabu, all weighing approximately 25 grams, a pouch, and P700 in cash.

The suspects are now detained and charges for illegal drug sale and possession will be filed against them.*

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