• Cops score drug busts in Surigao, Camarines

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    POLICE arrested a 24-year-old woman and a 37-year-old tricycle driver in separate anti-drug operations in Surigao del Norte and Camarines Sur on Sunday, officials said.

    Sr. Supt. Primo Golingay, Camarines Sur police director, said operatives arrested house helper Joan Asero during a buy-bust operation in a remote sitio of Barangay South Centro in Sipocot town.

    “Asero was in possession of two plastic sachet of shabu, two marked P500 and two cell phones she used in her illegal activities,” Golingay said.

    The PNP National Operation Center in Camp Crame said operatives nabbed tricycle driver Claro Berro Jr. in a sting operation by a joint team from the Dapa Municipal Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Surigao del Norte.

    The operatives seized from Berro eight plastic sachets of shabu, a marked P500, an unregistered motrorcycle, a Nokia mobile phone and strips of aluminum foils.

    “The shabu weighed 1.7 grams and had a street value of P17,700,” the Operation Center report said.

    Charges were being prepared against Berro, who was detained at the Dapa Municipal Police Station, the report said.

    In Talisay City, Cebu, the PDEA arrested three men and a woman suspected as a drug den operator in a raid in her house in Barangay Bulacao last February 25, PDEA Director Arturo Cacdac said.

    He said police arrested Alice Dionson, 37, a known drug dealer, when she sold shabu to an undercover agent inside her house, which law enforcers believed has been used as a drug den.

    Confiscated from Dionson were 261 heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing 30 grams of shabu and marked P100 bills, Cacdac said.

    “In 2013 there were 83 drug dens dismantled and in 2014 a total of 114 drug dens were neutralized through the joint efforts and close coordination of PDEA and other law enforcement agencies,” Cacdac said.

    “This continuing effort of PDEA and other law enforcement agencies resulted in a 37.35 percent increase of total drug dens neutralized,” he said.

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