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DNX Exclusive: Bacolod drug czar to go after Hydra’s head


BACOLOD CITY – The drug czar here is not about to rest on the police’ laurels after a series of drug busts that has netted large volumes of suspected meth, including a one-time haul worth P18 million.

Police Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido told DNX the confiscation of shabu reaching several kilos in some single buy-busts only means the volume from the source is large enough.

“It can be police efficiency, carelessness of peddlers or the supplier’s volume is really that big,” Espenido said.


More than 10 kilos of suspected shabu, the poor man’s cocaine, have been confiscated by police over three years, starting in 2017, consolidated data of the local PNP showed.

Espenido pointed out unless the supply is choked from the source, shabu shall continue to flow into the city.

The controversial police officer who is credited with busting druglords embedded in the local bureaucracy in Ozamiz City and Albuera town, Leyte province, was assigned by the PNP as deputy city director for operations here.

He could not, however, disclose yet who runs the major drug syndicate supplying peddlers here or if this is operating on a city or provincial level.

Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.


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