Police seize shabu worth P3.5M-A A +A
Saturday, September 7, 2013
SOME P3.5 million worth of shabu was confiscated by anti-drug operatives during a raid in Getafe, Bohol last Thursday.
A suspected big-time drug pusher eluded arrest. But police caught two people and seized firearms from them in Banacon Island during the 9 a.m. operation.
The operation was conducted by Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force Group (RAIDSOTG) 7 and Provincial Intelligence Branch of Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO).
The subject of the operation was Rowen Secretaria, who is allegedly a level-two drug pusher in Barangay Ermita, Cebu City.
Secretaria is hiding in Bohol, said Supt. Rodolfo Albotra, chief of PIB.
Two reported errand boys of Secretaria were caught by police, identified as Harold Bejasa, 23, and Chardilito Conson, 31.
The operation was backed by a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) 7 Branch 10 Judge Soliver Peras.
Albotra said they found a .45 pistol, .9mm pistol, .38 revolver and KG-9 machine pistol in one of the shanties along the shore.
Police also seized communication equipment, drug paraphernalia and live bullets.
Albotra said Secretaria’s house was still under construction. Inside, police found two big plastic packs that reportedly weighed 300 grams.
The estimated worth of shabu is P3.5 million based on Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB)
computation that a gram is worth P11,800.
Albotra said they believed someone told Secretaria about the raid.
He said they received a tip that the suspect was hiding in the island.
“Motago siya diri kung daghang dakop sa Cebu (He hides in the island whenever there are raids in Cebu),” Albotra said.
He said that while he believes Secretaria hasn’t left the island yet, the police can’t just raid every house to look for him.
“It’s a violation of the people’s rights. That’s why we only monitored and conducted a physical search,” Albotra said.
He said they were disappointed by the lack of cooperation from the residents when they conducted the raid.
“Dili sila mutog-an dayon unya wa kuno sila kaila ni Secretaria (They said they don’t know Secretaria),” Albotra said.
During an interview with police, Bejasa and Conson denied participation in the illegal drugs trade.
Albotra said Secretaria was in their watch list of suspected drug personalities. They received reports that he was also peddling shabu in Cebu.
Police said they will file complaints of illegal possession of drugs and firearms against the suspects.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 07, 2013.