POLICE arrested five people in separate anti-illegal drugs operations in Bukidnon on Monday.
Police identified the suspects as Allan Baragona, Mohamad Macabando, Eugene Evarolo, Jeph Ryan Bazar, and Gilbert Jimenez. All of them are not in the police or Philippine Drugs Enforcement watch list, showed a report reaching the Bukidnon Police Provincial Office.
Agents of the Malaybalay City Drug Enforcement Unit cornered Baragona and Macabando in a raid at Purok 8, Paglaum Village, Kalasungay, Malaybalay City. Baragona, 27, single, laborer, and Macabando, 20, single are all residents in the area.
The raiding team found 12 sachets containing suspected shabu, six unsealed sachets of suspected shabu, two cellular phones, six assorted lighters, a roll of transparent plastic cellophane, fragmentation grenade, a wig, two pouches, and a plastic memory cartridge.
At around 4 pm Monday, members of Drug Enforcement Unit and Intelligence operatives of Valencia City Police Station arrested Evarolo, 37, of Purok-6A, Maramag, Bukidnon at Purok-7, Poblacion, Valencia City, Bukidnon in a buy-bust operation.
At around 4:05 pm, members of Kalilangan Municipal Police Station and 1004th Police Mobile Company cornered Bazar, 22, single, farmer and a resident of Purok 5 Central Poblacion, Kalilangan. Police recovered a sachet of suspected shabu, a cellular phone and different keys.
Policemen brought Bazar to the KMPS custodial center while waiting to be moved for a laboratory test in Malaybalay City.
However, police said that at around 4:30 or 25 five minutes after his arrest, Bazar hanged himself at the toilet using a bath towel tied at his neck. He was brought to the hospital in Malaybalay City and was declared safe.
At around 8:20 pm of the same day, members of Municipal Drug Enforcement Unit of Dangcagan Municipal Police Station arrested the fifth suspect, Jimenez, in a buy bust operation in Mac Arthur, Dangcagan.
Jimenez, 29, married, and a resident of Purok-10 Poblacion Sur, Don Carlos town, yielded a sachet of suspected shabu and other drug paraphernalia. (pna)