AN alleged drug pusher escaped from a police buy-bust in the house of his half-brother behind a mall in Basak San Nicolas, Cebu City last Sunday night.

The suspect’s brother, however, was caught with 25 small sachets of shabu when the police stormed into the house at 11:45 p.m.

Three rifle grenade launchers were also seized in the house.

The suspect, identified as Joselito Tecson, fled through a secret door disguised as a cabinet in the back of the house.

Tecson was supposed to be handcuffed after he handed a sachet of shabu to an undercover policeman outside the house, but he rushed inside when he saw the other policemen coming from behind.

Tipped

Senior Insp. Regino Maramag Jr., officer-in-charge of Mambaling Police Station, said the report on Tecson’s illegal drug trade came from the suspect’s neighbor last Thursday.

When they received the report, Maramag said they placed Tecson under surveillance for three days before they swooped on him.

Maramag noted that Tecson’s half-brother Carlito Cabillon was also found using some of the suspect’s supplies of shabu.

Manuyopay gyod ni siya dinha, unya ang suspek mao toy mamaligyaay (Cabillon was a junkie, while Tecson was the pusher),” Maramag said.

Caught

In their chase for Tecson that night, Maramag said his team found Cabillon about to sniff shabu in a corner.

When they approached Cabillon, they found that he was holding a plastic pack containing 25 small sachets of white crystals believed to be shabu.

If sold for P200 each, the sachets would cost P5,000, Maramag said.

While Cabillon was put behind bars, Maramag said they will not stop until Tecson gets caught.

Kadalasan ani nila nga mga pusher, hapit madakpan gani kay di pa mobalik, pahuway pa (Pushers would usually pause for a while after being almost caught by police),” Maramag said.