THE sister of slain suspected drug lord Crisostomo “Tata Negro” Llaguno was arrested in an anti-illegal drug operation last Thursday evening.

Maria Victoria “Shanghai” Llaguno Mabitag cried in front of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 agents during an inventory in Sitio Kawayan, Barangay Sambag II.

“I already stopped (selling drugs) but they (drug users) won’t get away from me,” she said.

Shabu, with an estimated value of P150,000, and drug proceeds amounting to P20,000 were confiscated by the agents.

Sambag II Barangay Captain Carl Belarmino welcomed the arrest of Mabitag since their barangay has plans to use the lot where she allegedly operated two drug dens located behind a fruit stall.

“We’re still tracing if it’s government-owned or privately-owned. We want it as an extension of the City Central School but since it’s a contested lot, I still have to talk to the city administrator about it,” Belarmino told SunStar Cebu.

A barangay councilor, who asked not to be named, said that the Llagunos have been living in the lot for a long time.

“Many parties have claimed the lot for themselves but it is only them who dominated it, more especially during the time when Tata Negro was still alive,” he said in Cebuano.

Belarmino commended the NBI 7 for their successful operation. He hopes that the drug pushers in their barangay will be lessened following Mabitag’s arrest.

Belarmino said they don’t tolerate any illegal drug activities in their village and have continuously been feeding information to the authorities.

Meanwhile, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña said he will endorse Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director Snr. Supt. Joel Doria to be the permanent city police chief for doing a “good job” in the government’s fight against illegal drugs.

He will address the matter to the Philippine National Police Central Office.

In a news conference yesterday, Osmeña said Doria has been giving him daily reports on their operations and the illegal drugs confiscated by them.

“I get daily reports from Doria, which, to tell you frankly, even the previous (CCPO) chief (Benjamin Santos) was not doing,” he said.

Doria was designated by Police Regional Office 7 Noli Taliño as head of CCPO in July last year.

Doria was Taliño’s former subordinate in the Special Action Force.

Despite the continued fight against illegal drugs, though, Osmeña said the City Government and police should improve its measures in ending the trade.

Councilor David Tumulak shared the mayor’s sentiments. He said illegal drugs will continue to be a major problem if not addressed by everyone.