POLICE OPERATIONS. Four suspects were arrested and over PHP1 million worth of shabu were seized in two separate anti-drug operations in Bicol Region over the weekend. Lt. Col. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Police Regional Office-Bicol (PRO-5) spokesperson, says on Monday (Dec. 5, 2022) 165 grams of shabu with an estimated street value of PHP1,122,000 were seized in the two-day operations. (Photo courtesy of PRO-5)

LEGAZPI CITY – Four suspects were arrested while over PHP1 million worth of shabu were seized in two separate anti-drug operations in Bicol Region over the weekend, the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO-5) said Monday.

Lt. Col. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, PRO-5 spokesperson, said 165 grams of shabu with an estimated street value of PHP1.12 million were recovered during the two-day operations.

"The buy-bust operation on Sunday at Barangay San Felipe in Naga City resulted in the arrest of Raynier Dayaday, 37, and Susan Alegre, 59, both from Purok 2, Malaking Pulo, Tanauan, Batangas. They were arrested while trading more or less 25 grams of shabu to a police undercover," Calubaquib said in an interview.

She said another 10 heat-sealed sachets of suspected shabu weighing 80 grams were also seized from the suspects during the body search conducted by the operatives.

"A total of 105 grams of shabu were confiscated during the operation with PHP714,000 street value," she said.

The arrested drug personalities are now under the custody of Police Station 3, Naga City Police Office, and will be facing criminal charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

In Camarines Norte, two female high-value targets were arrested in a buy-bust operation on Saturday at Purok 3, Barangay Calangcawan Sur in Vinzons, Camarines Norte.

"They were identified as Jeanilyn V. Zulueta, 33, and Eleanor Caballero Valencia, 31, both residents of Paracale, Camarines Norte. Seized from their possession were 60 grams of shabu with an estimated street value of PHP408,000.

In a statement, Brig. Gen. Rudolph Dimas, PRO-5 director, said with the recently launched Buhay ay Ingat, Droga ay Ayawan (BIDA) program, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Bicol shall also actively take part, together with other agencies, in creating a more holistic approach to reduce drug demand in the community.

“The apprehension of these drug violators is a testament to the full implementation of our efforts to get rid of illegal drugs as a way to prevent the members of our community from being lured of its use. We cannot allow individuals to enter Bicol and cause the conveyance and proliferation of illegal drugs in the region," Dimas said. (PNA)