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Fluvial delivery: banca brigades and jet skis ferry shabu to coastal villages

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BACOLOD CITY – As police maintain a tight watch on land, dope dealers are taking to the seas to ferry their contraband.

Using bancas and jetskis.

“That is how evolved their operations are,” local police chief, Col. Henry Biñas, told DNX as he disclosed that they have monitored drug dealers using jetskis to transport meth to drop-off points, mostly barangays along the shorelines here.

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He did not give further details when asked if the shabu supply is being brought to here by ships that anchor offshore.

In Banago, village chief Ricky Mijares Sr. said a brigade of bancas bring in a steady stream of shabu from the neighboring cities of Silay and Talisay that is being dropped off in Sibucao sub-village.

Sibucao, a crowded and poverty-stricken sitio, is the northernmost sub-village of Banago that shares a border with Tumpok village in Talisay.

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Mijares told DNX the brigade of bancas or small boats usually used by subsistence fisherfolk bring the contraband at night.

Banago topped the list of villages last year with the most shabu seizures by police who hauled in at least P13.1 million worth of suspected meth in anti-drug operations in this village.

Sibucao is suspected to be the drop-off point and was the place where relieved anti-drug czar Jovie Espenido focused his anti-drug campaign late last year.

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Mijares added the shared border with Talisay and Banago’s proximity to Mambulac village in Silay City makes it difficult to control the flow of illegal drugs.

There used to be a police checkpoint between Sibucao and Tumpok but it was stopped.

“I don’t know why,” Mijares said.

Various police officials in the past had suspected Mambulac as a hotbed of illegal drugs.

A lone gunman shot and killed one suspected drug personality in Silay several years ago.

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Julius D. Mariveles
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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