A PHILIPPINE National Police Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG) anti-narcotics raid in Bacolod, Lanao del Norte, on Friday resulted in the seizure of over P500,000 worth of shabu and marijuana, PNP-DEG director, Brigadier General Narciso D. Domingo said yesterday.
In a report to PNP chief, General Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr., the official said that members of the PNP-DEG Special Operations Unit 10, joined by officers from the Regional Special Operations Unit 10 and Regional Mobile Force Battalion of the Police Regional Office 10, the PNP Special Action Force’s 12th and 13th Special Action Company and the Lanao del Norte Police Provincial Office, simultaneously searched two houses in Purok 1 in Barangay Demarao in Bacolod municipality before 5 a.m. Friday.
The raid at the residence of one of the suspects resulted in the seizure of an estimated 34 grams of the so-called “poor man’s cocaine” worth P231,200 and at least five grams of dried marijuana leaves valued at P600.
On the other hand, officers who searched the house of another suspect recovered an estimated 40 grams of shabu worth P272,000.
Domingo said that the raids were conducted by his men on the strength of a search warrant for illegal possession of prohibited drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 issued by Judge Alberto Quinto of the Lanao del Norte Regional Trial Court Branch 1 last December 7.
Both suspects were not around during the raids and are still being hunted by the PNP-DEG, said the official.