P23-M shabu seized, suspected drug courier nabbed in Dumaguete

DUMAGUETE CITY – A total of 2 kg. of suspected “shabu” or crystal meth, valued by the Dangerous Drugs Board at PHP23 million, were confiscated here Thursday from a suspected courier, who was collared by lawmen after serving him a search warrant issued by the regional trial court.

The Provincial Intelligence Branch-Special Operations Group of the Philippine National Police, headed by Senior Insp. Armel Von Alegria and team leader Insp. Allen June Germodo, raided the rented house of suspect Johnmark Abadilla in Purok Kamaisan, Barangay Bajumpandan here, together with operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Police Maritime Command.

Also recovered during the search — which was witnessed by Councilman Reu Ismil, chairman of the peace and order committee of the barangay, village councilors Esmail Rasid and Choy Gallarde and members of the media — were a .357 revolver with 11 ammunition, a digital weighing scale, lighters, scissors, improvised clip, tin foils, empty plastic sachets and PHP113,290 in cash believed to be proceeds of drug sales.

The drug haul was believed to have just arrived because it was still placed inside a Ziplock plastic bag.

Initial investigation showed the shabu is set for distribution in time for the Founder’s Day celebration of Silliman University.

Alegria said they had been receiving reports about the nefarious activity of the suspect, which prompted them to conduct a test buy, which yielded positive results.

Abadilla is considered a Level 2 suspect as he can dispose of 200 grams of shabu in one week. He is a resident of Colon Extension here in Dumaguete and is reported to have transferred from one residence to another. Juancho Gallarde/PNA-northboundasia.com