Cops keep eye on party drugs

The Freeman - - FRONT PAGE - Mae Cly­dyl L. Avila

Fol­low­ing the ar­rest of two men ac­cused of dis­tribut­ing ec­stasy pills in Man­daue City, po­lice in Cen­tral Visayas have in­ten­si­fied mon­i­tor­ing of party drugs, es­pe­cially with the ad­vent of the Sin­u­log fes­tiv­i­ties.

“Lalo na ngayon na Sin­u­log, alam natin ev­ery place and event will be hav­ing their par­ties… ngayon pa lang, pipig­i­lan na natin,” said Chief Supt. Jose Mario Espino.

Supt. Rey­man To­lentin, spokesper­son of the Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice (PRO)-7, said ec­stasy, a form of party drug, is tar­geted to a limited mar­ket, mostly the young gen­er­a­tion that can af­ford its hefty price at P1,800 per pill.

“Only a limited class of peo­ple ac­tu­ally pro­cures the drugs,” To­lentin said.

He said PRO-7’s strat­egy is to dis­cour­age par­ty­go­ers from buy­ing the drug and re­strict its flow into par­ties.

“If sup­ply has al­ready per­me­ated the mar­ket then, at least, our law en­forcers will at­tempt to con­tain or re­strict its flow through con­tin­u­ous po­lice op­er­a­tions. With the ad­vent of Sin­u­log, these an­tidrug cam­paigns will con­tinue,” To­lentin said.

Last Thurs­day night, po­lice op­er­a­tives ar­rested ho­tel owner Richard Go, 40, for al­legedly dis­tribut­ing the drug, and Neil Ben­jamin Yap, 33, for al­legedly sup­ply­ing the drug to Go.

They were ar­rested at Go’s ho­tel along A.C. Cortes, Barangay Alang-Alang in Man­daue City. The po­lice con­fis­cated ec­stasy worth P36,000 dur­ing the op­er­a­tion.

“Makakaasa na hindi ha­hayaan na mag-cir­cu­late ang gani­tong klase ng party drugs sa Cebu City,” said Christo­pher Navida, chief of the in­tel­li­gence branch of the Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice (CCPO).

He said they will co­or­di­nate with the team that ar­rested Go and Yap for in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing con­nec­tions in the busi­ness.

“I-in­ten­sify natin yung cam­paign against il­le­gal-drugs to in­clude yung party drugs… as of this mo­ment, na-dis­sem­i­nate natin sa CDEU (City Drug En­force­ment Unit) na just in case…para hindi mag-cir­cu­late yung dugs sa kabataan,” Navida said.

He urged par­ents to keep a close watch on their chil­dren.

“Kailan­gan natin i-aware ang public para masig­u­rado natin yung mga gani­tong klase ng il­le­gal drugs ay hindi mag-cir­cu­late sa area ng Cebu City. Sa mga par­ents, make sure na they will give con­stant reminders sa anak nila,” Navida said.

Just two days ago, CCPO met se­cu­rity man­agers of the 100 ho­tels along the Grand Pa­rade route to in­form them of the strict im­ple­men­ta­tion of city or­di­nances in ob­ser­vance of the Sin­u­log fes­tiv­i­ties.

Navida said the meet­ing was also meant to ca­pac­i­tate se­cu­rity man­agers on spot­ting sus­pi­cious per­sons who may at­tempt to sneak in any form of il­le­gal drug or carry out ter­ror­is­tic acts.

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