Separate buy-busts net ex-brgy. dad, ‘pusher’

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Friday, March 7, 2014

A FORMER barangay councilor of Paknaan, Mandaue City who is allegedly engaged in selling drugs was arrested by police during a buy-bust on Wednesday.

Seized from Jonathan Dechos, 35, were a large pack, two medium packs and a small pack of alleged shabu with a street value of P30,000.

He was caught by operatives of the Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (Raidsotg) of the Police Regional Office 7 on J.L. Briones St., Barangay Carreta, Cebu City at 6:30 p.m.


Senior Insp. Henrix Bancoleta of Raidsotg said Dechos deals with high-end customers, such as condominium unit owners and call center agents.

“He only sells on a per order basis,” the police officer told Sun.Star Cebu.

A police poseur-buyer bought a small pack of shabu worth P500 from Dechos and they agreed to meet in Barangay Carreta. The suspect arrived on a motorcycle.

After the transaction, operatives arrested Dechos, who didn’t resist after realizing he was dealing with police.

Eight improvised tooters and a weighing scale were also recovered from the ex-barangay official’s possession.

Bancoleta, during the interview, said they have been monitoring Dechos since August after they received a tip about the latter’s illegal activity. He was still a barangay official then.

When interrogated by police, Dechos said he owns the drugs, but not the drug-sniffing paraphernalia. “He has been dealing drugs for a long time,” Bancoleta said.

Based on the volume of drugs that Dechos allegedly disposed, Bancoleta said he can be considered under a level three, or one who sells at least 200 grams per week.

Dechos, Bancoleta said, was elected number one barangay councilor in Paknaan for two elections, before losing last October.

The suspect reportedly gets his supply from a big-time drug dealer in Barangay Pit-os, Cebu City, who is also the subject of a follow-up operation.

Dechos is detained at the Waterfront Police Station and will face complaints for violating Republic Act (RA) 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

In Lapu-Lapu City, police arrested an alleged drug pusher and recovered five medium-sized sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of P125,000 during the buy-bust in Barangay Pajo last Wednesday afternoon.

Operatives from the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, led by Senior Insp. Rogelio Pineda Jr., conducted the buy-bust against Willy Quezon Donaire, 34, at the Wow Lodge inside the Tumulak Compound around 4:45 p.m.

Aside from the 25 grams of suspected shabu, operatives also seized three pieces of aluminum tin foil and a lighter, believed to be drug paraphernalia.

Pineda,chief of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office City (LLCPO) Intelligence Branch, said Donaire had been under surveillance for two weeks.

They arrested the suspect after he transacted with the police decoy, who bought two sachets of shabu using a P500 bill and some boodle money.

Pineda said Donaire, who has addresses in the cities of Cebu and Mandaue, sells illegal drugs mainly in Barangay Paknaan in Mandaue.

The suspect will be charged with violation of RA 9165.

Donaire’s arrest came less than three weeks after authorities arrested a woman in Sitio Soong, Barangay Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City after they found illegal drugs, during a raid, inside her residence.

Operatives led by Pineda entered the house of Divina Cosep last Feb. 18 and found three medium-sized sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of P75,000.

Last December, LLCPO conducted a workshop for its personnel on stamping out the problem on illegal drugs in the city. During the activity, they identified personalities involved in illegal drugs trade and laid out plans for their arrest.

Meanwhile, about P1.5 million worth of marijuana plants were burned by police at Camp Ceperino Genovia in Barangay Bahay, Sibonga yesterday morning.

Supt. Clifford Gairanod, acting battalion commander of Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) 7, said they uprooted 7,850 fully-grown marijuana plants and stalks in Badian in August and last month.

During their operation, they arrested Geronimo Purgatorio, who was allegedly the cultivator of the marijuana plantation in Barangay Basiao.

Gairanod, when interviewed by Sun.Star Cebu, said marijuana plantations is thriving in Badian because these are planted in areas that are not accessible to police.

“They can’t be detected. You have to walk very far to find the farms,” he said in Cebuano.

Though their thrust is on internal security operations, RPSB 7 is also intensifying its campaign against illegal drugs.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 07, 2014.

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