Ex-Second chance inmate nabbed

A FORMER inmate of the Operation Second Chance Center (OSCC) was arrested by Guadalupe police last Saturday for illegal possession of drugs and paraphernalia, and for trespassing in the facility.

Rimer Fajardo of Basak San Nicolas was in the OSCC in October 2016 for murder. He was then 17.

Last Sept. 13, he was released.

Councilor Dave Tumulak, deputy mayor for police matters told SunStar Cebu that guards caught Fajardo climbing the facility's fence. He was carrying a sack containing cigarettes.

"The cigarettes were believed to be for the inmates at the Cebu City Jail, which is right beside the CCSO. He was passing through Second Chance and was attempting to toss the sack to the other side,” he said.

Two small packs of suspected shabu was found inside one of the cigarette packs.

Tumulak said authorities are tracing the contacts in the phone seized from Fajardo.

The City will also deploy more guards to man the facility and tighten security.

"Aside from that, CCSO will also file charges against Fajardo for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, or Republic Act (RA) 9165, and for trespassing," Tumulak said.

Yesterday, Ricardo Cabanes, a 50-year-old drug surrenderer, was caught in Sitio Lawis, Barangay Pasil by operatives of the City Intelligence Branch (CIB) and the City Drug Enforcement Unit around 1:30 p.m.

"His name came out from our previous arrests and people in the barangay also complained of his rampant illegal drug trade," said Chief Insp. Cristopher Navida, CIB chief.

Cabanes admitted that he was a drug user and submitted himself to the San Nicolas Police Station during Oplan Tokhang. He entered the drug trade because of his 18-year-old son, who is epileptic.

"I had to buy his maintenance medicines to prevent his seizures," Cabanes said.

He said that he contacted a certain "Brad" inside the jail in Barangay Maghaway, Talisay City for the illegal drugs.

Cabanes said that he sells one pack for P15,500.

Nine medium packs of shabu weighing 45 grams and with a Dangerous Drugs Board value of P531,000 were confiscated from Cabanes.

Navida said that they will ask Talisay police to investigate Cabanes's allegations.

"They (Talisay police) will then be the ones to coordinate with their city jail," he said.

Cabanes will be charged with violating RA 9165.
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