Drug dealers use pandesal, tansan, to sell shabu

June 29, 2015 at 9:51 pm Leave a comment

By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – Beware of that “friendly” pandesal vendor who goes around the neighborhood early in the mornings. The bread he or she is selling may have a “spread” called “shabu.”
Supt. Benjamin Areola, action officer of Pangasinan Provincial Anti Illegal Drugs Special Operations of the provincial police, said pandesal vendors are being used as fronts by the illegal drug dealers in the province.
Another cover that the illegal drug dealers have come up with is the use of tansan (bottle crowns).
“The user throws money out of the window where the seller waits. When the money falls out the window, the vendor throws the dented tansan with shabu inside,” Areola said during a media forum on Thursday.
The anti-drug operatives are also looking into reports that drug dealers are sending money through the banks and money remittance companies for the drug deals.
“There are instances that the money came from the (new) Bilibid prison,” Areola said.
The police are also inspecting local jails, and that there had been an instance when a woman was delivering something for a prisoner but the package yielded illegal drugs.
As to reports that drugs cost lower in Pangasinan than the other northern provinces. Areola said the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) may be contributory.
He said according to information, the illegal drugs dealed in the province come from Cavite and National Capital Region, and travel time from those areas almost by half because of TPLEX.

There are also no check points at the TPLEX, so those carrying drugs are unhampered until they get their wares in Pangasinan.
Those going to the northern provinces may have to deal with police check points, and thus its difficult to carry drugs to those area, bringing the prices higher, he said.
“The drugs being brought to Pangasinan looks fresher,” Areola said.
According to police record, the provincial police conducted 376 operations against illegal drugs from January 1-June 24 this year.
This resulted in the arrest of 511 persons, confiscation of 855 grams of shabu and 166 grams of marijuana, and filing of cases against 467 persons.
Areola said the biggest catch of illegal drugs was from Alaminos City, with 221 grams of shabu and10 grams of marijuana. It is followed by Villasis with 160 grams of shabu; and Bani, 89 grams of shabu.,

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