NBI 7 raid nets 21 persons

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Saturday, August 9, 2014


THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 arrested 21 persons when they raided a drug den in Sitio Calan, Barangay Poblacion, Cordova yesterday afternoon.

The NBI 7 was looking into reports that public and police officials are protecting the illegal drug trade in the neighborhood.

Special Investigator Teddy Saavedra said their operation was based on a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 10 Judge Soliver Peras.

Suspected drug pusher Edot Degamo was the subject of the search, but he eluded arrest.

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Customers allegedly bought shabu from Degamo and they would have pot sessions inside shanties outside the suspect’s three-story house.

Seized items

During the raid, agents seized small packs containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu and drug paraphernalia like tin foil and a lighter and a police jacket.

They also seized a .45 pistol, a .38 revolver, a .357 revolver and an improvised shotgun from Degamo’s house.

Saavedra said they placed Degamo under surveillance for more than a month, after they were informed about the latter’s alleged illegal activity.

Agents arrested Angelito Holgado, 53; Joel Degamo, 37; Allan Pacaldo, 34; Eufil Hidalgo, 31; Brandon Cuaton, 34; Rowel Jabonillo, 28; Albert Alcordo, 39; Eulalio Escabas, 52; Reymark Dangua, 18; Elzar Maravillas, 18; Jonathan Nuñez, 23; Ricky Mark Dangua, 20; Sergio Maravillas, 48; Jay Apatan, 34; Marlon Mahusay, 32; Felixberto Matidios 44; Gilberto Sitoy, 30; and Kristine Fuentespina, 30.

They also arrested three minors.

Most of them are from Calan, while the others are from Lapu-Lapu City.

Claiming innocence

Fuentespina, the only woman arrested, said she was sleeping when agents raided their neighborhood. She said she is from Bacolod City and she denied being a drug user.

Apatan, for his part, said he used to be a drug user but he stopped when he started raising a family.

He said he was driving his tricycle and was passing by Calan during the raid. The father of two wondered why he was stopped and arrested.

“Gipalingkod mi. Milingkod na lang pud ko (We were told to sit down. So I just sat down),” he said.

In a GMA 7 Balitang Bisdak report, Degamo’s mother Ronquita said she did not know about her son’s alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade.

Saavedra said they will charge Degamo and the other suspects with violating Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 09, 2014.

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