A COOK and an inmate of the Cebu City Jail were caught allegedly trying to sneak in a box full of shabu in the facility Monday morning.
The suspects were identified as Joseph Oliverio, 28, and Torrefiel Reynaldo, 29.
Reynaldo is serving time for drug charges.
The two were intercepted by jail officers around 8:30 a.m.
Operatives from the City Intelligence Branch (CIB) conducted a follow-up, and arrested Maria Gamao.
Gamao, a resident of Yellow Villes, Barangay Kalunasan, allegedly handed the package to Oliverio.
“The cook agreed to give the package to Reynaldo because he thought it contained food and felt sorry for Gamao. However, we received a tip that the package contained drugs. When we subjected the inmate to a body frisk, we found the contraband inside his briefs,” Supt. Jessie Calumpang, the jail warden, told Sun.Star Cebu.
He said they seized 45 small and two medium sachets of suspected shabu with an estimate weight of 10 to 20 grams from Reynaldo.
Calumpang said the illegal drugs were for the inmates’ personal use.
“Before they were monitored, some of the inmates supplied drugs outside. But with inspections almost every day, the drugs inside the facility are for their own use,” he said in Cebuano.
As for Gamao, police allegedly recovered from her a medium pack of suspected shabu with an estimated worth of P70,800.
Reynaldo said he paid P100 for every package containing shabu that was brought to the facility.
Reynaldo who is facing a dismissible case will be charged with another case. If convicted, he will face life imprisonment because of the quantity of shabu involved.
“I regret doing it (smuggling in drugs) but life inside is so hard. I would have been able to buy some bread with the money from selling shabu,” he said in Cebuano.
Oliverio, for his part, insisted that he thought the package contained food.
In Mandaue City, a team from Investigation and Detective Management Branch (IDMB) led by Supt. Melbert Glade Esguerra served a search warrant against William Tantan, 44, and his live-in partner, Maricel Alforque, 41, in Zone Paliya, Barangay Paknaan past 5 a.m..
The warrant was issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 28 Judge Mercedita Dadole-Ygnacio.
In a report from GMA 7’s Balitang Bisdak, Senior Supt. Roberto Alanas, Mandaue City Police Office director, said they received text messages about the couple’s alleged illegal drug trade.
Authorities found a large pack, a medium pack and 44 sachets of suspected shabu from Tantan and Alforque.
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A .38 revolver, drug paraphernalia and P28,919 cash were also seized from them.
IDMB Chief Esguerra said the drugs were submitted to the PNP Crime Laboratory 7 for examination and to determine their weight and value.
The suspects were detained at the Mandaue Police Station 1 pending the filing of charges against them.
Last Sunday, Rosendo “Banok” Dominguez, 41; Titos Bacho, 26; and Eugeñio Añora, 22 were caught in a buy-bust around 8:30 p.m. in Barangay Cansojong, Talisay City.
Dominguez said he stopped dealing drugs after the body count of suspected drug personalities started rising.
“I was scared because drug personalities were getting killed almost every day,” he said in Cebuano.
Dominguez admitted he used to get his drugs from suspected drug lord Franz Sabalones, who surrendered to Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa last August.
Police confiscated seven medium sachets of suspected shabu, plastics used for repacking, a .45 caliber handgun with two live bullets, a KG-9 submachine gun with 10 live bullets and an extra magazine.
The seized shabu weighed around 0.07 grams with a value of around P82,000.
Earlier, Marites Dalumpinis was arrested for allegedly selling shabu to a police decoy around 4:30 p.m. in Danao City.
According to PO2 Ronald Gomez, Dalumpinis tried to flee the scene on her motorcycle, but she ended up crashing.
She was brought to the hospital for treatment.
Police seized shabu worth P119,888 from her.
At 5:20 a.m., members of Lapu-Lapu Police Station 2 arrested Renante Badayos, 37; Johnny Maloloy-on, 24,; Randolph Silawan, 23; and Delio Costura, 32, during a buy-bust in Saac 2, Barangay Mactan.
Station Chief Insp. Ronnie Acar said Badayos and Maloloy-on were drug surrenderers, who continued their illegal drug activities.
Some 21 sachets of suspected shabu worth P9,912 were recovered from the suspects along with the P200 buy-bust money, P500 in cash and drug paraphernalia.
The suspects were detained at the Lapu-Lapu City holding cell.