2 fall, P600T drugs seized

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Er­mida Q. Mo­radas and Iris Mar­i­ani B. Al­gabre/JBB

Al­most P600,000 worth of sus­pected shabu was seized by Con­so­la­cion po­lice dur­ing a fol­low-up buy-bust op­er­a­tion in Barangay Pobla­cion, La­puLapu City on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, but the sub­ject of the op­er­a­tion eluded ar­rest.

Last Tues­day, Con­so­la­cion po­lice led by Su­per­in­ten­dent Mina Domingo ar­rested a cer­tain Michella Man­cio in Barangay Ibabao-Es­tan­cia, Man­daue City.

In the in­ves­ti­ga­tion that fol­lowed, Man­cio told po­lice that she got her sup­ply of drugs from a cer­tain Joye Cabahug, a res­i­dent of Barangay Dap­dap, Com­postela.

Con­so­la­cion po­lice im­me­di­ately con­ducted a fol­low-up op­er­a­tion against Cabahug on Wed­nes­day.

A po­lice poseur-buyer and Cabahug agreed to meet in Barangay Pobla­cion, La­puLapu City.

Dur­ing the trans­ac­tion, how­ever, Cabahug sensed po­lice pres­ence im­me­di­ately ran and eluded ar­rest.

Cabahug's co­hort, iden­ti­fied by po­lice as Mil­dred Palmero, 33, was ar­rested by the op­er­a­tives af­ter she was found car­ry­ing an es­ti­mated 50 grams of sus­pected shabu with Dan­ger­ous Drug Board value of P590,000.

Cabahug, who re­mains at large, will still be charged to­gether with Palmero for vi­o­lat­ing Repub­lic Act 9165 or the Com­pre­hen­sive Dan­ger­ous Drugs Act of 2002.

The op­er­a­tion was a joint ef­fort of mem­bers of Con­so­la­cion po­lice, the Pro­vin­cial Drug En­force­ment Unit, and Lapu-Lapu City Po­lice Sta­tion 3.

In Tal­isay City, a for­mer fish ven­dor was ar­rested through a buy-bust op­er­a­tion in Si­tio Tunga, Barangay Tangke on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Je­ne­seta Surigao, also known as “Gin-gin,” 57 and a res­i­dent of Si­tio Tunga, was caught with 12 packs of sus­pected shabu af­ter the buy-bust trans­ac­tion was com­pleted.

Ac­cord­ing to Po­lice Of­fi­cer 2 Stephen Se­fuesca of Tal­isay City Po­lice, Surigao is a newly iden­ti­fied drug per­son­al­ity. He said that Surigao prob­a­bly got tired of sell­ing fish and de­cided to start on the il­le­gal drug trade.

Tal­isay City Po­lice had re­ceived a re­port that a cer­tain “Gin-gin is sell­ing drugs in the area be­fore they con­ducted the buy-bust op­er­a­tion.

How­ever, Surigao de­nied her in­volve­ment in the il­le­gal drug trade in an in­ter­view with The FREE­MAN.

“Wala tawn ko naninda,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to Surigao, she was just in the area when po­lice sud­denly ap­proached her and asked her if she was sell­ing il­le­gal drugs.

When she tried to ex­plain, po­lice im­me­di­ately ar­rested her.

Bautista is now de­tained at the Tal­isay City po­lice sta­tion, pend­ing fil­ing of charges.

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