ILOILO City – The promise of easy money makes drug trafficking attractive even to students, according to the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6).
Four students were arrested in recent police antidrug operations here and in the component city of Passi in Iloilo province.
“Drug trafficking is lucrative business. It’s easy money that’s why some students are tempted to engage in it,” said Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, PRO-6 spokesperson.
It is more alarming if these students’ buyers are also students, she added.
On Nov. 7 at around 8:30 p.m. Hanz Christian Seguia, 20, of Barangay San Nicholas, Oton, Iloilo and John Cedrie Cornelio, 18, of Bo. Obrero, La Paz district here were arrested in a police buy-bust operation in Barangay San Agustin, City Proper.
An undercover police officer bought from them a pack of dried marijuana leaves for P1,100.
Seguia was a Grade 12 student at St. Roberts International Academy while Cornelio was a Grade 11 student at Iloilo Doctors’ College. Police described them as “street level targets.”
A day after, on Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m., two students were busted in Barangay Bita-ogan, Passi City.
Detained at the lock-up cell of the Passi City police station were Darwin Carbolido,19, and Charlie Laruya, 20 of Barangay Agtambo, Passi City.
An undercover officer of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office’s Special Operations Group (IPPO-SOG) bought from them P10,300 worth of shabu.
Carbolido was a student at John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University taking up Bachelor of Science (BS) in Marine Engineering while Laruya was a student at Passi City College taking up BS in Hospitality Management student.
The police recovered 11 sachets of shabu, according to Police Major Jonathan Pinuela of the IPPO-SOG.
Malong said PRO-6 director, Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan instructed all police chiefs to conduct in schools symposiums on illegal drugs./PN