CATBALOGAN CITY – A Barangay Kagawad and 12 other individuals were rounded up by the police allegedly selling and using prohibited drugs called ‘shabu,’ police said Tuesday.
On Friday night, Jose Pilapil, 48, a kagawad of Barangay 1, Poblacion Salug of this city was arrested by operatives of the Police Regional Special Operations Groups (RSOG) in a buybust operation at the corner Rizal Avenue and San Francisco Street.
Recovered from Pilapil were two P500.00 bill with serial numbers FK201906 and SV769471 and bundle of buy-bust money. He was immediately brought to Catbalogan City Police Station for proper documentation while the confiscated items were submitted to Samar Provincial Crime Laboratory Office for examination.
A day prior to the arrest of Pilapil, some 12 individuals including two security guards, businessmen, and jobless residents were arrested by the police for similar violations in various parts of the region.
Chief Supt. Elmer Soria revealed that for the month of January 2013 alone, a total of 24 successful anti-illegal drugs operations was conducted which resulted to the arrest of 24 suspected drug pushers, 10 drug users, confiscation of 5.196 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” and 214.890 grams of dried marijuana leaves with a total estimated market value of P73,130.00, several drug paraphernalia, and filing of 24 drug charges in different courts.
Cases for violations of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed by the police against the above suspects, Supt. Soria disclosed.