Siblings fall in Carcar drug bust-A A +A
Saturday, March 1, 2014
A SUSPECTED big-time drug dealer, his sister and a companion were arrested by authorities during simultaneous raids in Barangay Poblacion I, Carcar City, Cebu at dawn yesterday.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 7 Director Lyndon Aspacio said that Jay Camotes, 36, is a major drug player in Carcar City who allegedly owned a squad of goons.
“Parang ang tingin nila may stronghold sila sa area (They behaved as if the area was their stronghold). They couldn’t be arrested or touched,” he said.
About 50 operatives from PDEA 7 and Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) 7 conducted the joint operation at 3 a.m. using search warrants against Jay and his sister Joan, 46.
They rounded up the suspects, who were caught by surprise, in less than one minute to avoid a gunfight with Jay’s goons, Aspacio said.
Regional Trial Court (RTC) 7 Branch 10 Judge Soliver Peras issued the warrants last Feb. 20.
Samuel Barcelonia, 56, of Barangay Campo 6, Talisay City was slightly wounded after he attempted to resist the agents. He was described as Jay’s errand boy.
“Nakipagbungo sa amin (He resisted) and he tried to reach for the firearms,” Aspacio said.
Jay, together with his companion, was caught in his house while Joan got arrested in their ancestral house, located nearby on P. Del Corro St.
Seized from Jay were two medium packs of shabu believed to be worth P50,000; a .45 pistol; a 12-gauge shotgun; two 9mm live bullets; an improvised lighter; weighing scale; two high-capacity magazines with 18 live bullets; four live bullets for a shotgun; a KG9 magazine with two live bullets; and more than P5,000, believed to be drug proceeds.
Joan, on the other hand, was caught with a 9mm pistol with seven live bullets, a .38 revolver and drug paraphernalia.
Aspacio, during the interview, said they confirmed that Jay hired goons after five of them ran away, apparently sensing the presence of authorities.
He said they have been monitoring Jay and his sister, who is also allegedly involved in selling drugs, for two months. They were considered high-value targets.
Aspacio said the suspects mainly operate in Carcar City, but their patrons were from other areas. The PDEA 7 is also monitoring other suspected drug personalities in the city.
With the siblings’ arrest, he said the volume of drugs in Carcar City will be affected momentarily. “But eventually, other players will come in and cover yung naiwan niya (what was left open),” Aspacio said.
Jay, when interviewed by reporters, denied the allegations. “Wala ko kahibaw nganong naa ko ana. Natog ra man ko sa balay (I don’t know why I’ve been accused of these things. I was just sleeping at home),” he said.
Last 2010, he was arrested after being accused of masterminding the killing of a Filipino-Chinese businessman in Carcar City.
Complaints for possession of illegal drugs and illegal possession of firearms will be filed against the suspect.
Caught at home
In a separate operation, another suspected drug pusher was arrested by police during a buy-bust in Barangay Poblacion, Cordova, Cebu yesterday morning.
Confiscated from Geno Pilapil were a large pack and 15 small packs of alleged shabu, worth at least P100,000 in street sales.
The Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (Raidsotg) of Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 conducted the operation at 7 a.m. outside Pilapil’s house.
Senior Insp. Henrix Bancoleta of Raidsotg told Sun.Star Cebu they bought a small sachet of shabu worth P200 from the suspect.
When Pilapil noticed he was dealing with a police decoy, he ran into the room and locked his door. The raiding team caught him inside.
During an interview, the suspect said he resorted to selling drugs after his grandmother who owned a resort in Lapu-Lapu City passed away.
“Mao man kuno ‘toy mosuporta nila (He said they had depended on their grandmother),” Bancoleta said. Pilapil will face complaints for illegal possession and selling of drugs.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 01, 2014.