Man in drug watchlist falls in Virac buy-bust
posted 18-Feb-2019  ·  
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A 29-year old resident of Virac who has been in the drug watch list as a user has been arrested by the police in a buy-bust operation last week.

Joint elements of the Virac police station and the Catanduanes police intelligence branch led by Senior Inspector Ariel Buraga mounted the operation late in the evening of Feb. 6 in barangay Palnab del Norte against Ralph Roland Estrologo Lumbao, a resident of Gogon Centro.

Recovered from him immediately after Lumbao received the P500 buy-bust money was a small transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline granules believed to be shabu.

A search of his body also yielded a thumb tacks box from his right back pocket that contained a medium plastic sachet and two small sachets, all containing suspected shabu.

The team also seized his cellphone, P200 in cash, and the tricycle that he used during the incident. A case for violation of Republic Act 9165 has been filed against him through inquest proceedings at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.

This development occurred as the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) discussed a report on the status of the Community-Based Treatment and Rehabilitation Program (CBTRP) for surrendered drug users.

According to the report, the number of SDUs in Catanduanes stood at 2,048 in 2016, with 237 of them pushers, and sharply tapered off until 2018 where only two SDUs were recorded.

Including the one SDU for January 2019, the number of SDUs in the island totaled 2,104, broken down by town as follows: Bagamanoc, 52; Baras, 184; Bato, 157; Caramoran, 153; Gigmoto, 157; Pandan, 176; Panganiban, 95; San Andres, 231; San Miguel, 87; Viga, 159; Virac, 653.

More than 400 have already graduated from their respective intervention programs, with 749 still enrolled in the CBTRP.

In the General Intervention for low-risk SDUs, 57 are undergoing intervention while 336 are already in the after-care phase. In the CBRP. 38 mild SDUs are still enrolled, with 145 in the after-care part. There is no moderate SDUs in the Intensive Outpatient Program although 165 are still being monitored, while six SDUs are undergoing rehabilitation at the Malinao Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Albay.

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