Joint police team seizes P300T worth of ‘shabu’-A A +A
Friday, July 4, 2014
A JOINT anti-narcotics operation last Thursday afternoon led to the arrest of four people, including a laundrywoman, and yielded P600,000 worth of suspected shabu in Barangay Tangke, Talisay City.
In Lapu-Lapu City, police arrested a suspected drug pusher and found more than P300,000 worth of illegal drugs and firearms in his house in Barangay Mactan before dawn last Friday.
Senior Supt. Noel Gillamac, Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) director, said they will conduct a series of raids against illegal drugs.
The operation in Tangke occurred less than twelve hours after the police scored a P2-million drug haul in Cebu City.
The CPPO listed six towns and component cities as priority areas in its campaign against illegal drugs. Gillamac said they are Bogo City, Consolacion, Danao City, Medellin, Talisay City and Toledo City.
Armed with search warrants, the police raided the residences of Rhoda Obrero, Marissa Obrero, Gloria Bazar and Hazel Ochea Daan.
The search warrants were issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 18 Judge Gilbert Moises against the women who are accused of selling illegal drugs.
During the raid, the police caught Rhoda Obrero, 41; Mesael Orapa, 40; Albert Calapas, 35; and Jobino Daan Bazar, 34. But Marissa, Bazar and Daan were not home when the police arrived.
The police confiscated small, medium and large packs a substance believed to be shabu.
The suspected shabu was valued at P596,136, based on the value of Dangerous Drugs Board. The substance was submitted to PNP Regional Crime Laboratory Office 7 for chemical analysis.
The police units involved during the raid were Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB), Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, Provincial Investigation and Detective Management Branch and Special Weapons and Tactics of CPPO; Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, Regional Special Operations Group and Regional Public Safety Battalion of Police Regional Office 7.
Gillamac said he will call the attention of Talisay City Police Station on why they didn't conduct raids in Barangay Tangke.
“Our priority is to weed out the drug problem. If there are no accomplishments, it might be misconstrued as tolerating drug dealers,” he said.
Senior Insp. Leo Logronio of PIB said they also confiscated two video karera machines and destroyed three drug dens in Barangay Tangke, Talisay City.
He said the area is densely populated and there were several huts that served as drug dens.
Logronio told Sun.Star Cebu they conducted surveillance against the drug dealers for two weeks.
The women, he said, were arrested before for the same offense except for Daan. They were described as level two drug pushers who could dispose of at least 200 grams of shabu per week.
When interviewed by Sun.Star Cebu, Obrero denied being involved in peddling shabu. She said she only earned money by washing her neighbors' clothes.
“Wala gyud ko kabaw ngano ilang kung gidakop (I don’t know why they arrested me),” she said. She has four children.
The three men, who were arrested inside the drug dens, also denied being involved in the illegal drug trade.
Calapas said he was about to buy banana cue for his wife when police dragged him inside the drug den. Bazar and Orapa did not answer reporters’ questions.
The suspects were temporarily detained at the Consolacion Police Station. They will face complaints for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
A team from the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office, led by City Intelligence Branch Chief Rogelio Pineda Jr., conducted a buy-bust against German Malingin, 47, alias Eming, outside his residence in Sitio Soong.
At 1:30 a.m., the police barged into Malingin’s house with a search warrant issued last Monday by Regional Trial Court Branch 27 Judge Toribio Quiwag.
Pineda and LLCPO Acting Chief Armando Radoc presented yesterday the evidence they allegedly found from Malingin's residence: one large plastic sachet of suspected shabu, and 364 smaller sachets containing the same substance.
Pineda said the confiscated illegal drugs had a street value of P313,000.
Also recovered were a KG9 submachine gun, a rifle grenade, a KG9 magazine, 12 9mm ammunition, a digital weighing scale, two disposable lighters, six strips of aluminum tin foil and P2,050 cash.
“We conducted thorough surveillance and test-buys on the suspect for two months,” Pineda told reporters.
Pineda said a police decoy bought a small sachet of shabu from Malingin using two P100 bills as marked money.
In a separate interview, Malingin denied he sold illegal drugs, saying he works as a carver. The father of eight said he was sleeping when police officers entered their house.
He admitted he was charged with selling illegal drugs in 2005 and had been out on bail, but Malingin denied ownership of the illegal drugs and firearms the police allegedly found in his house.
Radoc said the arrest of Malingin, considered a Level 2 drug pusher, will curb illegal drugs trade in Mactan.
He assured that the police will conduct more anti-drugs operations.
“The marching order I got from Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza, when I assumed as acting chief of the city police office, is to prioritize the campaign against illegal drugs,” Radoc said.
The police were preparing yesterday to file a case against Malingin for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 05, 2014.