Drug busts yield 28 sus­pects, mil­lions in shabu

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - /COR­RE­SPON­DENTS DELTA DYRECKA LETI­GIO AND BEN­JIE B. TALISIC

PO­LICE con­fis­cated shabu val­ued at P5.2 mil­lion in 19 drug op­er­a­tions in Cebu City in a span of 36 hours last Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day, and ar­rested 28 per­sons, 16 of whom are drug users while 12 are al­leged ped­dlers.

The drug op­er­a­tions were con­ducted i n barangays Lahug, Caretta, Ba­cayan and Capi­tol Site.

Two high-value tar­gets were ar­rested in a buy bust in­side a ho­tel. The po­lice sus­pect that they have con­tacts in­side the Cebu City Jail.

Chief Insp. Ed­uard Sanchez, Chief of the Abel­lana Po­lice Sta­tion, iden­ti­fied the sus­pects as Mary Jane De­quitos and John Frye Ta­pales of Barangay Te­jero.

Ac­cord­ing to Sanchez, De­quitos’ hus­band is cur­rently de­tained at the City Jail on charges of drug push­ing and that she al­legedly con­tin­ued her hus­band’s trade.

“When we found them, the drugs were al­ready for dis­posal which was lucky for us but un­lucky for the ar­rested," Sanchez said.

Po­lice al­legedly con­fis­cated 240 grams of il­le­gal drugs in­side nine large packs and three medium packs with an es­ti­mated value of 2.8 mil­lion.

“When we talk of drugs, negosyo ito. Basta may bibili and may pam­bili, may droga. (When we talk of drugs, this is a busi­ness. As long as peo­ple buy and they can af­ford to buy, there will be drugs,” said Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice (CCPO) Di­rec­tor, Se­nior Supt. Roy­ina Garma.

She said the de­mand for drugs in­creases dur­ing the hol­i­day not only be­cause of the users but also be­cause the drug traders need the money des­per­ately, mak­ing them ' fear­less' de­spite the in­ten­si­fied anti-drug cam­paign.

“Ex­pect mo na pag may maram­ing party, marami

ang gus­tong mag­ing alive. Kailan­gan din mag­benta kasi kailan­gan mo ku­mita pam­bili ng pa­masko o ng masarap na pagkain,” said Garma.

(We ex­pect that with a lot of par­ties, peo­ple want to feel good. Ped­dlers also need to sell be­cause they need to buy gifts and food for Christ­mas.)

“Kahit marami na kam­ing nahuli, mababa pa rin ang presyo ng shabu dito sa Cebu. Mean­ing, marami pa ring droga,” she added.

Al­though no new drug groups have been recorded, Garma said that new lead­ers have risen in these groups fol­low­ing the ar­rest of some high-value tar­gets in the past months.

“Mga newly iden­ti­fied itong mga bago nat­ing nahuli. Sila tong pumalit sa mga dati na nat­ing nahuli. (The ones we ar­rested were newly iden­ti­fied. They are the ones who took over the trade after we ar­rested the oth­ers in the past),” said Garma.

Mean­while in other parts of Cebu, two peo­ple were nabbed in sep­a­rate buy bust op­er­a­tions in Barangay Maslog, Danao City. Other cities

In other parts of Cebu, two per­sons were ar­rested in sep­a­rate drug op­er­a­tions in Barangay Maslog, Danao City.

Supt. Jaime Quio­cho Jr., Danao City Po­lice Sta­tion Chief, iden­ti­fied the sus­pects as Jun­rey Ta­neo and Felipe Murillo who were caught al­legedly in pos­ses­sion of 60 grams of shabu.

Ta­neo and Murillo are cur­rently de­tained at the Danao Po­lice Sta­tion while they face charges for sell­ing and pos­sess­ing of il­le­gal drugs.

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