Boost drive against illegal drugs or face raps, Cebu cops told

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014


THE Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) is assessing the performance of all police station chiefs in the campaign against illegal drugs.

This, after CPPO operatives caught four people and seized P600,000 worth of shabu in Barangay Tangke, Talisay City during a raid last Saturday.

In Cebu City last Sunday, the police seized 15 small packs of what is believed to be shabu and a pack of ampules containing an injectable drug called Ashtec-10.

Senior Supt. Noel Gillamac, CPPO director, yesterday warned police station chiefs to boost their efforts in stamping out illegal drugs or they'll be sorry.

“I will be forced to relieve them and file administrative charges for non-performance of their duties and responsibilities,” he said during a press briefing.

Like candy

The Talisay City Police Station, led by Supt. Reycel Carmelo Dayon, reportedly conducted saturation drives in Barangay Tangke.

Gillamac said CPPO found out that selling of illegal drugs in Barangay Tangke was rampant only during a surveillance conducted by Provincial Intelligence Branch and Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group.

“Mora ra og candy nga paliton nimo didto ang shabu (Buying shabu is as easy as buying candy),” he told reporters.

Gillamac said police stations chiefs should not wait for PIB and PAIDSOTG to come to their areas to conduct raids against illegal drugs, but act on the problem immediately.

Failing to arrest drug personalities, he said, might be misconstrued as coddling criminals. He also doesn't want to hear their explanation.

“A concrete accomplishment is the best explanation. Just do your job,” he said.

Priority

The CPPO listed six towns and cities in Cebu Province as priority areas in its campaign against illegal drugs, the flagship program of the PNP. These are the towns of Consolacion and Medellin, and the cities of Bogo, Danao, Talisay and Toledo.

Gillamac also directed police station chiefs to nail down the source of drugs and not just mere street pushers.

“Drugs can really harm people, especially the whole society. If this continues, sooner or later, all will become victims,” he said.

In Cebu City, 15 small packs of what is believed to be shabu were seized from Webster Crystal Villegas, who was seen by a San Nicolas Police Station patrol team in Tres de Abril St., Barangay Pahina in Cebu City.

San Nicolas Police Chief Chuck Barandog said Villegas is in their drug watch list allegedly as a level 3 drug pusher who can dispose of at least 200 grams of shabu a week.

At 8:30 p.m. last Sunday, the Cebu City Intelligence Branch (CIB) conducted a raid in Barangay Kamagayan and confiscated a back containing 10 ampules of Ashtec-10 or nalbuphine hydrochloride, which reportedly has similar effects as the painkiller injectable Nubain.

The ampules, reportedly worth about P5,000, were allegedly seized from Evelyn Pital Cuico, 45, who is detained at the Cebu City Police Office stockade awaiting the filing of charges against her.

CIB Chief Romeo Santander said it was their first confiscation of Ashtec-10 in Barangay Kamagayan.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 08, 2014.

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