Price of shabu nose­dives in Cen­tral Visayas, NCR

Sun.Star Cebu - - TOP STORIES - / FROM AYB & HBL OF SUPERBALITA CEBU / JGA

Il­le­gal drugs just got so much cheaper in Cen­tral Visayas.

Ac­cord­ing to the Dan­ger­ous Drugs Board (DDB), a gram of shabu now costs only P6,800. A few months back, the same amount would cost as much as P11,800.

There are two pos­si­ble rea­sons for this, said Se­nior Supt. Roy­ina Garma, head of the Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice (CCPO).

One, it could mean that there is a large sup­ply of drugs in Re­gion 7, or two, the drug lords have low­ered the price of drugs to de­plete the sup­ply.

“You can in­ter­pret it in so many ways, like, you could say that maybe be­cause there is a large sup­ply, so just make it a bar­gain. It could also be that those who are on top just want to lower the price to dis­pose of the sup­ply be­cause of in­ten­si­fied po­lice op­er­a­tions,” said Garma.

She said if the drug per­son­al­i­ties have cus­tody of the drugs, there is a high prob­a­bil­ity that they will be ar­rested.

Garma was also sur­prised to learn from the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency that drugs in the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion are sold at just P1,500 per gram.

The po­lice chief ex­pects the drug sup­ply to go up now that Christmas and the New Year are just around the cor­ner.

In a One-Time Big-Time op­er­a­tion last Fri­day, Dec. 7, the Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice 7 seized P16 mil­lion worth of drugs. Some P13 mil­lion of this came from Cebu City.

The CCPO seized 1.9 ki­los of shabu, es­ti­mated to cost P13.4 mil­lion, in dif­fer­ent op­er­a­tions within 48 hours.

In Cebu Prov­ince, po­lice con­fis­cated 201 grams of shabu worth P1.4 mil­lion, while P1.3 mil­lion worth of il­le­gal drugs was seized in Bo­hol.

In the drug bust con­ducted by the Drug En­force­ment Unit of the CCPO on N. Ba­calso Ave., cor­ner Tres de Abril, 505 grams of shabu worth P3.4 mil­lion was seized from sus­pect Fred­die Bri­ones, 38, of Bu­la­cao.

An­other op­er­a­tion re­sulted in the seizure of 725 grams of shabu worth P4.9 mil­lion in Si­tio Laray, Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City. Nine­teen-year-old Chris­tian Lloy Ar­ro­gante was ar­rested.

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