Drug busts net 2.4 ki­los of shabu

The Freeman - - FRONT PAGE - — Camille I. Pateres, Chris­tell Fa­tima M. Tud­tud/GAN

More than 2.4 ki­los of sus­pected shabu were seized while three al­leged drug ped­dlers were killed dur­ing a two-day re­gion­wide drug bust that started last Thurs­day.

Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice (PRO)7 data in­di­cated that 101 war­rants of ar­rest and 80 search war­rants from dif­fer­ent types of crimes were served dur­ing the two-day op­er­a­tion.

Of the 114 buy-bust op­er­a­tions, po­lice op­er­a­tives were able to seize 1,631 sa­chets of sus­pected il­le­gal drugs weigh­ing 2.4 ki­los with an es­ti­mated value of P16.4 mil­lion.

These il­le­gal drugs came from 238 ar­rested sus­pects.

PRO-7 Chief De­bold Si­nas ex­plained that the mon­e­tary value per gram of seized il­le­gal drugs de­creased when the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency re­leased a stan­dard value of P6,800 per gram, in­stead of P11,000 per gram they were us­ing be­fore.

"Ac­cord­ingly the price ranges on that amount gikuha lang ang av­er­age. Kung mangutana mo kung ngano, that I could not an­swer as of now," Si­nas said.

One of the high­lights of the two-day One Time, Big Time op­er­a­tion was the ar­rest of the two sus­pected drug ped­dlers linked to Jef­frey Cabaron, 25, who was ar­rested in a buy-bust op­er­a­tion in Barangay Tisa last Novem­ber 18.

Op­er­a­tives seized 3.3 ki­los of shabu from Cabaron.

The ar­rested al­leged ped­dlers were Fred­die Cabur­nay Bri­ones, 38, a res­i­dent of Ca­ban­calan 1, Barangay Bu­la­cao, Cebu City, and Arist­edes Flores Eranes, 37, a res­i­dent of Barangay Er­mita, Cebu City.

Car­bur­nay and Eranes were ar­rested in sep­a­rate buybust op­er­a­tions.

Seized from Cabur­nay were 505 grams of al­leged il­le­gal drugs, while the po­lice re­cov­ered 725 grams of sus­pected shabu from Arist­edes.

Si­nas said they have dis­cov­ered the con­nec­tion be­tween the three in a tac­ti­cal in­ter­ro­ga­tion of the ar­rested sus­pects.

Ini­tially, they have seen a re­sem­blance of the shabu seized from the two and from Cabaron.

"Medyo yel­low­ish­brown­ish siya same tex­ture sa drugs ni Cabaron. Ac­cord­ingly they were dis­trib­u­tors Cabaron," Si­nas said.

Mean­while, three sus­pected drug ped­dlers died on a shootout in the cities of Lapu-Lapu City, Man­daue and Tal­isay.

In Barangay Gun-ob, Lapu-Lapu City, Jan­mell Benosillo, an al­leged high­value tar­get was killed in a buy-bust op­er­a­tion.

Benosillo re­port­edly pulled out his. 357 cal­iber re­volver to fire at one of the po­lice per­son­nel from Gunob Po­lice Sta­tion 3.

Chief In­spec­tor Lau­ron Rully, Gun-ob Po­lice Sta­tion 3 Com­man­der, said that Benosillo was al­legedly in­volved in nu­mer­ous rob­bery in­ci­dents in the city, aside from be­ing a drug ped­dler.

Seized from the sus­pect were three medium packs of sus­pected shabu weigh­ing six grams with an es­ti­mated value of P70,800.

On the same day, Ed­uardo Cas­tro “Achok” Bak­go­han, 30, was killed in a shootout at Villa Mangga, Barangay Opao, Man­daue City.

The po­lice were able to re­cover from Bak­go­han's posses­sion 11 sa­chets of sus­pected shabu, a cal­i­bre .38 with four live am­mu­ni­tions and two empty shells.

In Barangay Tabunok, Tal­isay City, Ron­ald Valdez, 18, was killed in a po­lice op­er­a­tion.

Si­nas said that Valdez at­tempted to pull out his gun after sens­ing that he was trans­act­ing with po­lice op­er­a­tives, but the po­lice were able to shoot him first.

Si­nas also said that Valdez's gun had an im­print of Bureau of Jail Man­age­ment and Penol­ogy (BJMP).

Aside from the drug op­er­a­tions, the po­lice op­er­a­tives also ar­rested 64 play­ers of il­le­gal gam­bling.

TAL­ISAY CITY

Mean­while, an hour after the re­gion-wide OTBT of­fi­cially ended, seven drug per­son­al­i­ties were ar­rested in a buy-bust op­er­a­tion at Si­tio Kasagin­gan, Barangay Lawaan 3, Tal­isay City.

The sub­ject of the op­er­a­tion was Al­berto Quiñones while his sus­pected cus­tomers who were said to be caught sniff­ing il­le­gal drugs in the area.

Ar­rested were Rey­naldo Lo­breno Quiñones, 24, Jay­lord Ople Ca­biluna, 28,

Jay­wars Ca­baluna Rico, 20, Proglen Indo Ila­gan, 44, and a cer­tain Ro­drigo Ba­cus Ma­ca­daya, 44.

Seized dur­ing the op­er­a­tion were three large, six medium and 50 tri­an­gu­lar shape sa­chets of sus­pected shabu val­ued at P1.2 mil­lion.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports, the area was al­legedly a drug den for the sub­ject's cus­tomers.

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