An estimated P300,000 worth of shabu was confiscated from a taxi driver collared by Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group operatives inside SM City Bacolod mall at about 4 p.m. yesterday.
Superintendent Leonardo Angcon, head of the Regional AIDSTOG arrested Paterno Losabia, 32, of Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod.
Four of Losabia’s companions escaped when police operatives were after them in the mall.
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Angcon said they were reinforced by elements of the Bacolod City Police Office City Anti Illegal Drug Special Operation Task Group (CAIDSTOG) in cornering the suspect.
Angcon said the poseur-buyer negotiated with the suspect in the morning and the deal was materialized only at past 4 p.m. yesterday.
Recovered from Losabia were two big plastic sachets of suspected shabu placed inside a box; another plastic sachet also taken from him, P2,000 buy bust money and P1,000marked money.
Angcon said the suspected shabu was put in a plastic used as wrapper for ice water placed inside a box. He estimated its cost in the market at more or less P300,000.
He said the suspect is a taxi driver but turns to pushing illegal drugs when not driving.
He is now detained at Bacolod Police Station 1 and is facing charges for violating RA 9165.