PNP: Western Visayas a possible cocaine entry point


Aside from methamphetamine (shabu), cocaine lurks as a potential headache for police in Western Visayas, the regional police chief said.

Western Visayas police head Police Brig. Gen. John Bulalacao admitted the possibility following the arrest of a disc jockey in an anti-drug operation in Boracay.

Arrested in the operation was Reuben Mendoza, 36, who was caught selling a sachet of suspected shabu inside his rented room at Sitio Sinagpa, Barangay Balabag, Malay, Aklan (

Mendoza’s room yielded three sachets of suspected cocaine, three sachets of suspected shabu, and drug paraphernalia. Mendoza admitted owning the seized drugs.

Malay town police station head Police Maj. Jose Mark Anthony Gesulga said they received persistent information about foreign nationals going in and out of his rented space.

By March 23, they confirmed information that Mendoza was peddling illegal drugs, including cocaine for P5,000 to P6,000 per sachet.

Investigation showed Mendoza got his supply from Manila, via roll on-roll off ships.

Following the operation, Bulalacao said he is not discounting the possibility that a new drug group is trying to gain markets in the shabu and cocaine trades.

However, he said this was the first time that they arrested a person for possessing and selling cocaine.