More shabu dealers fall in Cebu

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Friday, August 22, 2014

CEBU'S police have been busy arresting persons they have long suspected to be drug dealers.

Various police units conducted separate raids in Cebu City, Consolacion and Liloan towns on Thursday, and in Lapu-Lapu City last Wednesday. Nine persons were arrested.

Total haul was estimated at P700,000 and almost P500,000 of it came the Cebu City operation.


Wednesday afternoon saw the Lapu-Lapu City police busting two men and a woman in Barangay Looc for selling shabu, and seizing from their possession.

In Sambag 1 on Thursday, Cebu City police arrested a 50-year-old laundrywoman for selling shabu to a police decoy. She had in her possession drugs worth P472,000.

Suspected drug pusher arrested in Cebu
NOT JUST A LAUNDRYWOMAN. Mary Jane de Guzman, also known as Marilou Toledo, covers her face as she is arrested on suspicion of being a level 2 drug pusher in Sambag 1, Cebu City. (Alex Badayos)

Mary Jane de Guzman, a laundrywoman who also goes by the name of Marilou Toledo, was arrested by by the Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (Raidsotg) of Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Visayas in a buy bust at Sitio Kabulihan past 12 p.m.

Police found in her room packs of shabu worth P472,000.

The shabu weighed 40 grams where each gram is worth P11,800, based on a value set by Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).

The Raidsotg raid was made on the strength of search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 19 Judge Wilfredo Navarro.

With the volume of drugs that de Guzman can dispose in a week, she is considered a level two drug pusher who can sell almost 250 grams per week, Raidsotg chief Henrix Bancoleta said.

Bancoleta said de Guzman is part of their target list this month.

Aside from selling shabu in Sambag I, de Guzman also disposes drugs in the City of Naga, where she has a house.


De Guzman, a single mother of five, said in an interview that she turned to drug dealing to fix her family’s financial problem.

Her having a Grade 4 education and being a 50-year-old woman limited her chances of finding a decent job. She washed other people’s clothes for a fee.

The death of her sibling six months ago burdened her family further after the latter’s children were left in her care.

“Napugos ko kay wa man gyuy laing pangita. Unsa naman lang akong ipakaon sa mga bata? Kung masakit sila, dili nalang nako sila dadon sa hospital kay way kwarta?” she told Sun.Star Cebu.

She knew the risk of selling drugs, like being arrested and spending time in jail, or worse, some drug dealers get killed if they failed to remit their proceeds.

On Thursday, her fear was realized after a man she taught was going to buy shabu from her turned out to be a policeman.


In Lapu-Lapu last Wednesday, Police Station 3 operatives confiscated 12 sachets of shabu from Paul Boroy, 33; Jovelina Potot, 33; and Ferdinand Nillama, 48.

The operation, led by Police Station 3 Chief Wilbert Parilla, took place past 4 p.m. in Boroy’s house in Purok Gumamela.

The Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO) has stepped up its fight against illegal drug upon the mandate of Mayor Paz Radaza who wants the tourism-dependent city to be free from illegal drugs.

Boroy, the subject of the buy-bust, handed a small sachet of shabu to a police officer who posed as buyer in exchange for P200 in marked money. Police had placed him under surveillance for two weeks.

Police then came forward and arrested him. A body search on him and his two companions yielded more illegal drugs.

The suspects were detained at the Police Station 3 in Barangay Gun-ob.

Five days earlier, police caught a couple and two others in a raid in Barangay Calawisan, and seized from them shabu worth P472,000.

Arrested were Aldrin Potot, 33; his wife, Farra, 33; Rey Ann Goyongon, 24; and Eduardo Macaya Jr., 28. Police recovered three firearms and a hand grenade from the couple’s rented house.


Also at dawn Thursday, police arrested a top drug personality in Barangay Jugan, Consolacion.

They confiscated from Nelson Pilapil, 47, packs of shabu worth about P200,000, drug-sniffing paraphernalia, a .22 rifle and rifle-propelled grenade.

Town police chief Senior Inspector Franco Rudolfo Oriol said they stormed Pilapil’s house at 4:30 a.m. on the basis of a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 56 Judge Teresita Galanida.

Pilapil was still asleep. Police consider him a big-time drug pusher in Consolacion.

Pilapil professed his innocence when police interviewed him, Oriol said.


Also on Thursday in Liloan town, the police rounded up four men in Barangays Poblacion and Ubay.

Liloan Police Station chief Senior Inspector Ramil Morpos said they first caught Johnandino Laag, 34; his brother Juanito Laag, 32; and cohort Mamerto Uling, 30.

Johnandino, a level two drug pusher, was the subject of another search warrant issued by Judge Galanida.

Police seized from him and his two companions P50,000 worth of shabu and two airguns in Poblacion at 6:45 a.m.

During a follow-up operation, the police caught Stanley Casona, 28, in Barangay Ubay at 8 a.m. Recovered from him were two medium packs of shabu worth P8,500 and .357 revolver with six live ammunitions.

Liloan police chief Morpos told Sun.Star Cebu said Casona was the supplier of Johnandino.

Police found in Casona’s possession a notebook with a list of drug dealers. Johnandino’s name is in it.

P25-M haul, so far

Those arrested will be charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and for some, for possession of illegal firearms.

Senior Superintendent Conrado Capa, deputy PRO-Central Visayas director for operations, said that from July to August 15 this year, they have arrested 313 people, confiscated some P25 million of drugs and 65 firearms in their campaign against illegal drugs.

They have intensified the drug campaign, it being the priority of PRO-Central Visayas Director Prudencio Tom Bañas since he assumed office last June.

On August 9, a 14-year-old girl was arrested by the police, who confiscated from her an estimated P5.9 million worth of shabu in Labangon, Cebu City.

On August 19, four men were arrested and yielded P400,000 worth of illegal drugs during an operation in Sibonga town and Carcar City.

On the same day, former policeman Antonio Aguisanda was arrested and was caught with packs of white crystalline substance believed to be shabu worth P328,000. (DSM/RSB/Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 22, 2014.

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