The Bohol Philippine National Policeâ€™s (PNP) latest drug raid conducted at around 4:40PMÂ yesterday in Tagbilaran City yielded an estimated three kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride popularly known as â€œshabuâ€ with an appraised street value ofÂ P26 million, the biggest drug seizure in the province’s recent history.
Spearheaded by the PNPâ€™s Police Anti Illegal Drug – Special Operation Task Group (PNP-PAIDSOTG), the operation led to the arrest of several people inside the raided residence located at JA Clarin St., Barangay Cogon, Tagbilaran City.
The massive drug operation was carried out by a ten man team headed by Police Superintendent Jeffrey Caballes, chief of the Provincial Intelligence Branch and his Deputy, Police Senior Inspector Jojit Mananquil on the strength of a search warrant issued by Executive Judge Suceso Arcamo of the Regional Court, Branch 47.
The raiding team was personally supervised by Police Provincial Director Police Senior Superintendent Dennis Palo Agustin.
The bulk of the shabu haul was found in the room of Maida Jabines stashed in a safety deposit box including drug paraphernalia with the rest of the shabu found in the possession of James Louie Bongalos, reported owner of the house, Rosulo Pamaong Jr and Daryl Louie Quimson.
All four males including a certain Ruel Vitor were also caught in possession of a Black widow 9mm caliber revolver, 22 caliber pistol and a KG9 machine pistol all with ammunition.
Jabines who hails from Barangay Poblacion, Sierra Bullones is reportedly separated from her husband who is a seaman and her two daughters who are residing in Denmark.
In a surprise twist of fate, police operatives were in Sierra Bullones to serve a search warrant against Quimson for illegal drugs at the same time that the latter was nabbed in the raid in Tagbilaran City.
Bongalos, the owner of the house located near the Dagohoy Lodge Masonic Cemetery told DYRD Balita that Jabines rented a room just two weeks ago and brought along her two vehicles, a black Toyota Fortuner and a brilliant silver Nissan Navarra pick-up truck for registration.
A motorcycle enthusiast, Bongolas runs a motorcycle shop believed to have been used as a front for their illegal drug activities.
The five suspects are now detained at the Camp Dagohoy detention facilities awaiting the filing of charges for violation of RA 9165 and illegal possession of firearms. (Chito M. Visarra with reports from Rey Tutas)