P40T deal leads police to P3.5M in shabu

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

ANOTHER buy-bust led to the confiscation of P3.5 million worth of shabu and the arrest of two drug pushers in Barangay Apas, Cebu City yesterday afternoon.

“I knew that he was selling drugs, but I thought he was only a small-time pusher. I did not know he was already involved in a huge quantity of drugs,” said the mother of Alcher Baynas, 29, who was arrested along with Don Tan.

Law enforcers confiscated from the two at least nine big packs and 11 medium packs of shabu, which would have been worth P3.5 million in street sales. A .38 pistol was also confiscated.


The City Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (CAIDSOTF) led the operation in Sitio CRCI at 2:30 p.m., in coordination with the City Intelligence Branch and Mabolo Police Station.

So far this month, the CAIDSOTF has conducted four anti-drug operations in different areas in Cebu City. Just last Friday, nine persons were arrested for possession of half a million pesos worth of shabu and marijuana in Barangay Inayawan.

Senior. Supt. Noli Romana, Cebu City Police Office director, who went during the operation, said the series of operations demonstrated their efforts in the campaign against illegal drugs.

Apas Barangay Captain Ramil Ayuman coordinated with the operatives in yesterday’s buy-bust and confirmed he had received several reports about the allegedly rampant drug selling in the area.

CAIDSOTF Chief Eunil Avergonzado told Sun.Star Cebu that Alcher was the target of their operation.

He said they had received reports that Alcher is a Level 2 drug pusher who can move at least 200 grams of shabu per week.

Tan, who lives in Barangay Talamban, was caught allegedly using shabu.

During the bust, one operative acted as a buyer. Alcher transacted with the operative, who ordered one big pack of shabu worth P40,000.

When the suspect handed over the drugs, the police then arrested him. Alcher tried to elude arrest but was cornered.

The other packs were confiscated right after his arrest.

Alcher’s mother, Eda, who lives nearby, said she was surprised when she learned about the huge amount of shabu that was allegedly confiscated from her son’s possession.

Alcher, for his part, admitted he has been selling drugs for almost two years but did not say where he gets his supply.

A case for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002 will be filed against the two suspects.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 19, 2014.

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