|Jan­uary 14, 2019 P2.2M drugs seized, 4 nabbed

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Mae Cly­dyl L. Avila and Chris­tell Fa­tima M. Tud­tud/MBG

MON­DAY

Po­lice seized around P2.1 mil­lion worth of sus­pected shabu from a high-value tar­get drug per­son­al­ity in an anti-drug op­er­a­tion in Barangay Basak Pardo, Cebu City past mid­night yes­ter­day.

The op­er­a­tion of Pardo po­lice sta­tion re­sulted in the ar­rest of Elvie Peter Balano Man­dreaza, 31, of Sitio Kauswa­gan.

Ac­cord­ing to Chief In­spec­tor Regino Maramog Jr., an un­der­cover cop posed as a buyer and bought a sa­chet of shabu worth P1,000 from Man­dreaza.

When the trans­ac­tion was con­sum­mated, po­lice de­clared the ar­rest.

They found in his pos­ses­sion three more packs of sus­pected shabu in­side his sling bag.

The drugs seized weighed 310 grams with an es­ti­mated mar­ket value of P2.1 mil­lion.

Mara­mag said Man­dreaza’s name was re­vealed by pre­vi­ously ar­rested drug sus­pects as their source.

A tac­ti­cal de­brief­ing is be­ing done to ex­tract more in­for­ma­tion from Man­dreaza and his sources of il­le­gal drugs.

Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice direc­tor Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Roy­ina Garma said that even with the height­ened alert for the Sinulog revelry, there will be no let-up in the cam­paign against an­ti­il­le­gal drugs.

“There are teams ded­i­cated to fo­cus on il­le­gal drugs (op­er­a­tions). Those de­ployed in the Sinulog prepa­ra­tions are from other teams while other teams will con­duct reg­u­lar duty,” Garma said in a phone call.

In Lapu-Lapu City, about P101,728 worth of sus­pected shabu was seized in sep­a­rate buy bust op­er­a­tions that led to the ar­rest of three per­sons.

Venjo Dun­gog , 18, and Roel Sam­son, 38, were ar­rested in Purok Sam­bag, Barangay Can­ju­lao, while 26-year-old Jake Na­parate was ar­rested in Barangay Marigon­don by the City In­tel­li­gence Branch (CIB) of the Lapu-Lapu City Po­lice Of­fice (LCPO).

Su­per­in­ten­dent Mark Gifter Su­calit, CIB chief, said Dun­gog and Sam­son were caught red-handed after they ex­changed il­le­gal drugs with a po­lice de­coy around 10:30 p.m., last Jan­uary 8.

Seized from Dun­gog and Sam­son were 16 sa­chets of sus­pected shabu re­port­edly worth P10,064.

His P500 cash be­lieved to be pro­ceeds of the il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity was also con­fis­cated, ac­cord­ing to Su­calit.

On the other hand, seized from Na­parate were 17 sa­chets of sus­pected shabu with an es­ti­mated value of P91,664.

At least P5,000 cash be­lieved to be pro­ceeds of Na­parate's il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity was also seized.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

A po­lice op­er­a­tive con­ducts in­ven­tory of the ev­i­dence seized from a sus­pected drug pusher after a buy-bust op­er­a­tion in Barangay Basak, Cebu City.

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