P1.4M cash seized from alleged town drug lords

Police were shocked discovering a huge amount of cash during an early morning drug raid yesterday in Carmen town.

The operation, led by the Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (RAIDSOTG-7) and the Special Operations Task Group (RSOG-7) operatives led by Police Supt. Joel Quibrantos Quintero, was a result of a month-long surveillance on the alleged drug activities of Romeo Macabudbud Digal, alyas Meo or Pantat, and Rico Macabudbud Digal, both are residents of Barangay Poblacion Sur, Carmen town. Police also confiscated packs of shabu, guns, and other drug paraphernalia from the residence of the Digal brothers.

Reports said that at P1.4 million cash, believed to be proceeds from sale of illegal drugs, was recovered from the possession of Romeo Digal. Rico Digal, on the other hand, one of the two subjects of a search warrant issued by a regional trial court based in Bohol, managed to elude police arrest.

According to Supt. Pacito Yape Jr., who is now assigned in Cebu Regional Office, the Digal brothers have been considered as two of the biggest drug lords in Bohol.

In June 2016, Armando Digal of Sierra Bullones town, a kin of the nabbed Digal brothers in Carmen, was arrested in Loboc, Bohol by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). The suspect, who was on board an SUV vehicle, yielded P200,000 cash, which was believed to be proceeds of illegal drugs sale.

Also seized from Armando Digal were high-powered weapons allegedly used in drug trade and robbery activities.

Yape in an interview with The Bohol Tribune yesterday said that a “blue book,” which contains sensitive information on the illegal drug trade in Bohol, was recovered from Romeo Digal, and will be used in unmasking other drug personalities in Bohol.

According to Yape, receipts of money transfer transactions recovered from the possession of Digal brothers in Carmen town would also be used to shed light on the illegal drug trade in the province.

In several previous anti-drug operations conducted by the Bohol Police Provincial Office, operatives had also recovered receipts of money transfer transactions from drug suspects which indicated Muntinlupa City, where the National Bilibid Prison is situated, as the location of the money recipient.

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