Chore­og­ra­pher shooter nabbed for ‘sell­ing’ drugs

The Freeman - - NEWS -

A sus­pect in the fa­tal shoot­ing of a 28-yearold dance chore­og­ra­pher fell into the hands of au­thor­i­ties dur­ing a buy-bust op­er­a­tion in Barangay Mam­bal­ing, Cebu City Fri­day night.

Harold Ma­batid, 23, was among those the po­lice ar­rested in the op­er­a­tion in Si­tio Wangyu.

Ma­batid, who is also a res­i­dent of Barangay Mam­bal­ing, was tagged by the po­lice as the one who shot dead Louie Flores, a res­i­dent of Si­tio Bato, Barangay Er­mita, on Thurs­day morn­ing.

Mam­bal­ing Po­lice Sta­tion Chief Randy Ca­balles said Ma­batid be­came the sus­pect in Flores’ death fol­low­ing in­ter­views from wit­nesses who al­legedly saw him com­mit the crime.

“Didto ni­angkon siya (Ma­batid) nga siyay ni­pusil kay na­suko siya kay two months ago nan­glimpyo siya sa im­bor­nal unya gitabunan siya sa bik­tima. Gikom­e­dya­han ba,” Ca­balles said.

Ca­balles said that be­fore the shoot­ing, Ma­batid was even seen hav­ing a drink­ing binge with the vic­tim. He later left first al­legedly to “am­bush” the lat­ter.

“Du­gay na daw siya naglun­got-lun­got, pero karon pa siya nakakita og hi­gayon,” Ca­balles said.

Upon con­duct­ing a fol­low-up in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice found out that Ca­balles was in­volved in the sale of il­le­gal drugs so they sub­jected him to a buy-bust op­er­a­tion.

Dur­ing the drug sting, he al­legedly yielded 45 small sa­chets and a medium pack of sus­pected shabu weigh­ing about 7.76 grams worth P91,500.

Mean­while, a 17-year-old kid was nabbed with 10 small sa­chets of sus­pected shabu and P200 worth of pro­ceeds from the sale of il­le­gal drugs dur­ing a sep­a­rate op­er­a­tion in Mam­bal­ing yes­ter­day.

The FREE­MAN is with­hold­ing the name of the mi­nor.

The po­lice es­ti­mated that the drugs seized from the sus­pect was about P5,100.

The sus­pect was al­legedly the “right hand” of a whole­saler of drugs in the place, who is still a sub­ject of a sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the po­lice.

In Lapu-Lapu City, the po­lice ar­rested three per­sons, in­clud­ing a jeep­ney driver, in sep­a­rate buy-bust op­er­a­tions yes­ter­day morn­ing seiz­ing il­le­gal drugs worth P23,954.

Ben Ver­sales, 38, a res­i­dent of Sta. Maria, Barangay Pu­sok, was ar­rested at 6 a.m. by re­spond­ing per­son­nel from the Mac­tan Po­lice Sta­tion 2, led by Chief In­spec­tor Wayne Mag­banua.

Aside from Ver­sales, who was in­cluded in the po­lice watch­list, his al­leged co­hort Jef­frey Ancero, a jeep­ney driver and who is from Barangay Cam­puthaw, Cebu City, was also ar­rested.

Seized from Ver­sales was a piece of sus­pected shabu, while six small sa­chets were con­fis­cated from Ancero as well as their coin purses. Po­lice were able to get the P500 buy-bust cash dur­ing the op­er­a­tion.

The seized drugs weigh about 1.53 grams val­ued at P18,054.

Mean­while, 27-year-old Ce­sario Pino was ar­rested in Zone 1, Barangay Buaya around 12:05 a.m.

Se­nior In­spec­tor Alden Zam­brano of the Pu­sok Po­lice Sta­tion 5 said Pino, who is a res­i­dent of Si­tio Saac 1, was en­gaged in the il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity.

At least eight sa­chets of sus­pected shabu were con­fis­cated from Pino. The shabu re­port­edly weighs 0.5 grams with an es­ti­mated value of P5,900.

All the sus­pects did not re­sist ar­rest from po­lice. They are all de­tained at the Lapu-Lapu City Po­lice Of­fice (LCPO) - Hold­ing Cell and will face com­plaints of Repub­lic Act 9165 or Com­pre­hen­sive Dan­ger­ous Drugs Act of 2002.

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