Police arrest Iloilo City Hall employee in anti-drug operations; Ginawang sideline ang droga

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An employee of City Hall in Iloilo City has the dubious distinction of being the first public servant to be arrested in 2018 for selling illegal drugs.

Police arrested Stephen Azarcon, 49, of Barangay San Isidro in Jaro district during the buy-bust operation in Barangay Poblacion in the city’s Molo district.

Molo police head Chief Inspector Marlon Valencia said Azarcon sold a plastic sachet of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) worth P500 to an undercover agent.

During a search following the arrest, Azarcon yielded four more sachets of suspected shabu and a mobile phone. Police also seized his Honda motorcycle.

Investigation showed Azarcon is a utility worker of City Hall’s General Services Office (GSO).

He had been under police surveillance since December 2017, with Valencia saying Azarcon had sold a sachet of shabu to an undercover agent in a “test buy.”

Also, police said their investigation showed Azarcon gets his supply of drugs from Barangay Bakhaw in Mandurriao district.

Azarcon now faces charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Records from the Police Regional Office 6 showed 1,285 anti-drug operations were conducted from January to November 2017, with 1,976 arrests.

Those arrested included 642 users caught inside suspected drug dens and 1,334 dealers. Some 2,085 cases were filed against the suspects.

On the other hand, the operations led to 17 deaths of suspected dealers. Of the 17, three are considered “Homicides Under Investigation.”