Ozamiz drug ops seize P80-M worth shabu, firearms, explosives

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Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental (CNN Philippines, December 7) — Police on Thursday said they seized P80 million worth of shabu from alleged supporters of the Parojinog clan, a day after they recovered a P32 million worth haul of the illegal drug.

The Ozamiz City police, aided by search warrants, raided seven houses of the Parojinogs in overnight operations Wednesday in the towns of San Roque, Sta. Cruz and Bagacay.

Eight large packs of alleged shabu were seized from the house of Melodina and Gaudencio Malingin, police said. Melodina is the sister of the late Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. who was killed in July.

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The couple are also the parents of Melden Rabanes who was apprehended in a police operation Tuesday for possessing illegal drugs.

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The Malingin couple was charged for illegal possession of drugs.

High-powered firearms, explosives, and ammunitions were recovered from the houses of Artemio Salas and Manuelito Francisco. Francisco's wife is an aunt of the late Ozamiz Mayor. Two kilograms of alleged shabu were also confiscated from the house of a certain Michelle Gumapac.

The arrested suspects are detained at the Ozamiz City Police Station.

Their arrest comes two days after President Rodrigo Duterte allowed the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other law enforcement agencies to rejoin the drug war, which will still be headed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Duterte has accused members of the Parojinog clan of being involved in the illegal drug trade. The late Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog, Sr. and Vice Mayor Nova were included in Duterte's "narco-list" of politicians with alleged ties to illegal drugs.

READ: Duterte's drug list: What we know so far