Mangaldan cops seize P200K shabu
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
MANGALDAN – One of the biggest hoards in the province this year of illegal drugs worth P200,000 was recently seized by police operatives here.
“Confiscated were seven sachets of suspected shabu (meta-amphetamine hydro-chloride) with estimated weight of more or less 40 grams with DDB (Dangerous Drugs Board) value more or less Php 200,000, Php 1,100 cash, and Php 500 buy bust money,” Superintendent Benjamin Ariola said.
He said about 4:15 pm of April 14, police intelligence conducted a buy-bust operation in front of Jollibee store in Barangay Poblacion on a big time drug personalities.
The buy-bust, according to Ariola, resulted in the arrest of laundrywoman Maria Dequiya Zaldo, 55, married, and a native of Catarman, Samar; and Collen Dequiya Zaldo, 30, and a native also of Catarman, Samar.
Maria and Collen both reside in Barangay Tandoc in San Carlos City.
Selling of shabu of any volume is a non-bailable criminal crime.
Meanwhile, the chief of police here, who was the former chief of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group (PAIDSOTG), said the arrest of illegal drugs violators had spiked here upon his assumption of his post in January this year.
According to his 1st Quarter Report on Peace & Order, from January to March this year non-index crimes like possession of illegal drugs and other crimes covered by special laws had increased to 277 arrests compared to the same period in 2015 of 234 apprehensions.
Ariola, a member of the Philippine National Police Academy’s Class 2000, said in the first quarter of this year index crimes like physical injury, robbery, murder, theft, and others decreased by 87 versus the 128 complaints in the same period last year.
Index Crimes are crimes which are serious in nature and which occur with sufficient frequency and regularly such that they can serve as index to crime situation, while Non-Index Crimes consist of non-physical confrontation such as drug possession, drug seizure, and driving under influence (of liquor or drugs) or violation of special laws.
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