P1.18M shabu in street raid

DUMAGUETE CITY – The Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) and the City Drug Enforcement Unit (CDEU) seized P1.18M worth of shabu in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Cadawinonan last September 7, police said.

Operatives from the RSOG and CDEU arrested the suspect after he sold shabu to an undercover officer near a private cemetery in the said barangay at about 2:02 p.m. The suspect was identified as Roger Lapa Sol, a convicted felon from Ayungon, Negros Oriental.

According to RSOG team leader PCInsp Abel Laborte, the joint operation resulted to a seizure of 20 bultos of shabu with an estimated dangerous drugs board value of P1.18M. They also recovered marked money from the possession of the suspect.

Laborte revealed that the suspect was under surveillance since his release from Muntinlupa December of last year. He (Laborte) further disclosed that the suspect has been very cooperative since his arrest, even voluntarily disclosing that the drug shipment was from Bohol with links in Muntinlupa.

PSIns Vann Joel Tingson of CDEU meanwhile said that the arrest of Sol is a result of enhanced inter-operability of different law enforcement units in the campaign against illegal drugs as well as aggressive operations. One of which is the pasa- bilis scheme through Viber where anybody in the community can send information at real time in order to yield an immediate response.

The Dumaguete City Police Station (DCPS) for its part has further strengthened its anti-criminality initiatives. According to DCPS, Oplan Sita-spawned checkpoints designed to apprehend traffic rules violators have made it harder for suspects to flee from their crimes. The Pulis sa Barangay program in which police officers join barangay tanods in their weekly patrol also comes highly commended. Statistics gathered by the DCPS show that crime volume in the city has gone down by as much as 45%. They attribute this significant decrease in crime volume to the efforts of their personnel on the ground.