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P114-M shabu seized from Parojinogs’ turf


More than P100 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu was seized by police operatives during series of operations against remnants of the Parojinog clan in Ozamiz City since Wednesday.

Chief Supt. Timoteo Pacleb, director of Police Regional Office-10 (PRO-10), said that elements of the Ozamiz City Police Station, led by Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido, launched simultaneous search against individuals identified with the Parojinogs.
The operations, Pacleb said, were conducted between 9:05 p.m. to 10:02 p.m. Wednesday.
Among the subjects of the search warrants were Melodia Malingin, Gaudencio Malingin, Maychell Parojinog Gumapac, Manuelito Francisco, Rizalina Francisco, June Francisco, Ricardo Parojinog and Christopher Parojinog.
The Malingins were arrested while the others remained at large.
Seized from the Mangilins were eight plastic bags containing an estimated eight kilograms of shabu.
Two more kilograms of shabu were seized from the house of Maychell Parojinog-Gumapac. She also yielded one steel vault, an air soft rifle and one long magazine.
Recovered from the house of the Franciscos were an M4 Bushmaster, three short magazines for M16, a bandoleer, 90 pieces of ammunition for M16, two grenade launchers, three live ammo for M203 grenade launcher and 20 empty cartridges for M16 ammo.
The two other Parojinogs yielded an M16 rifle, a short magazine, 19 live 5.56 ammo and a hand grenade.
Earlier, a raid against Butch Merino, tagged as a former driver and bodyguard of Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parijinog, also resulted in the seizure of P32 million worth of shabu.
In all, the confiscated shabu has an estimated street value of P114 million.
In a broadcast interview, Espenido expressed belief that the stash of shabu were part of the 86 kilograms of meth believed to have been in the possession of the Parojinogs.
“These are old stock, when I arrived in Ozamiz City they kept it…until now that they brought it out because they have no more money,” Espenido said.
Espenido led a bloody raid against Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. last July that ended in the killing of the mayor and 13 others. His daughter, Vice Mayor Nova Princess and a son were arrested.
The latest operation against the Parojinog came a day after President Duterte reinstated the Philippine National Police in the war against illegal drugs.


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