P1-M ‘shabu’ shipped from Bilibid?

SUSPECTED shabu worth P1.02 million was seized from Myla Velano in a drug buy-bust operation of the Bacolod City Police Office-City Drug Enforcement Unit on June 21, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Bacolod City Police Office)

BACOLOD City – Police here are looking into the possibility that the more or less P1.02 million worth of suspected shabu that was seized in a buy-bust operation in a subdivision here in the evening of June 21, 2018, came from the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Metro Manila.

Inspector Adrian James Albaytar, assistant team leader of City Drug Enforcement Unit (CDEU) here, said the contraband was seized from a certain Myla Velano, a newly identified drug personality and a high-value target from Charito Heights, Barangay Granada here.

Albaytar said the suspect’s husband is currently detained at the NBP also for illegal drug charges.

Velano’s two other brothers were also arrested recently due to illegal drug activities.

Albaytar said the suspect allegedly took over the “business” after the incarceration of her husband and siblings

Police authorities raided Velano’s house Thursday night and recovered 17 sachets of suspected shabu weighing a total of 85 grams, a weighing scale, and the P2,000 marked money.

Albaytar claimed that they tried to bust her on Wednesday but she refused to deal with them.

He added that the contraband may have arrived Thursday and that Velano was able to dispose of some of the items earlier that day.

Albaytar said that they conducted the operation after receiving information from residents about Velano’s alleged illicit trade.

The suspect had been engaging the illegal drug trade for one and a half years, he added.

“The suspect’s areas of operation are Bacolod and the neighboring cities of Talisay and Silay,” Albaytar said.

He added that Velano gets her supply through her husband’s contacts.

Velano is now detained at Police Station 5 and will be charged with sale and illegal possession of illegal drugs.

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