A WOMAN landed in jail for allegedly selling shabu out in the street in Barangay Duljo-Fatima, Cebu City yesterday noon.

Mabel Villadolid, 38, was also found with P236,000 worth of suspected shabu in the pink purse she was holding while transacting with an undercover policeman in Sitio Plastican at 12:20 p.m.

Sought for comment while in jail yesterday, Villadolid only raised her shirt to cover her face and sobbed. She refused to comment.

Senior Insp. Regino Maramag, officer-in-charge of Mambaling Police Station, said Villadolid is a level-three drug retailer, who gets her supply from a drug supplier living in the same barangay.

Villadolid was known to neighbors for allegedly selling shabu out in the open, said Maramag.

“Kaya nag-reklamo na ang mga tawo sa iyaha ba, lantaran man gud ang pamaligya (That’s why people are complaining about her, because she sells shabu in public),” Maramag said.

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Maramag said it was Villadolid’s neighbor who reported her trade to authorities last week. Police then placed the suspect under surveillance.

“Siya ra may pirme makit-an diha nga maninda sa dalan, wala na’y lain (She was the sole drug pusher who sells shabu in that street when we monitored here),” Maramag said.

Villadolid has a live-in partner, but he was not found to have been coordinating with the suspect during the surveillance, said Maramag.

This was the third anti-illegal drug operation the Mambaling Police Station has conducted this month, a figure higher than the number of operations it conducted in the previous months.

Warned

The station was earlier warned by the Cebu City Intelligence Branch (CIB) for being one of eight police stations who failed to comply the minimum requirement of two anti-illegal drug operation in the months of April and May.

“Big challenge na sa akoa ba kay na-include mi sa stations nga hinay sa illegal drug operations, mao na nga akong gi-focus karon ba nga makabawi mi (It’s a big challenge for us, so I am focusing now in this campaign so that we can get back again),” said

Maramag, who sat as the station’s officer-in-charge since June 1.

Maramag said they already have a list of the names to target in their next anti-illegal drug operations, including the alleged supplier of Villadolid.

Maramag said, though, that their station also needs the support of the community by informing them of suspicious activities in their neighborhood, especially in Duljo-Fatima.

“The problem in catching these drug suspects is madaling sabihin na kunin, pero mahirap silang hulihin (that it is easy to say that we will get them, but they’re hard to catch),” Maramag said.

Villadolid told police it was her first time to be brought behind bars. She said she is new in the business.

Talisay shooting

A 42-year-old businessman is critically hurt after he was shot several times by two unidentified assailants in Barangay Dumlog, Talisay City last Saturday dawn.

Roel Caballero Diaz, 42, a taxi operator, was with his wife and two kids at that time when he was ambushed by two men at around 1 a.m. last Saturday.

Diaz was driving his car with his family from Lapu-Lapu City and were supposed to proceed to their house in Barangay Lawaan 2 when upon turning towards Barangay Dumlog, two men onboard a motorcycle suddenly approached their vehicle, particularly at the driver’s side.

One of the two men, identified as the backrider, pulled out a .45 caliber pistol and fired at Diaz.

While his wife and children were unhurt, Diaz sustained numerous gunshot wounds.

A critically injured Diaz was immediately brought to a private hospital in Cebu City.

Police who responded recovered nine empty shells and a slug of .45 caliber pistol.

Supt. Germano Mallari, Talisay City police chief, said that as of yesterday, Diaz is still recuperating from his injuries.

Mallari said it is possible that the shooting may have been related to Diaz’s alleged participation in the illegal drug trade.

Mallari said he had received information that Diaz was included in the illegal drug watchlist in the past, but was later unheard of.

“Naay time nga ma-monitor namo siya nga namaligya, pero nikalit ra sad ug kawala (Once we monitored him, but he disappeared),” Mallari said.

But he added that they are still verifying information regarding Diaz’s alleged involvement in illegal drugs.

Local police are still conducting further investigation to determine the identity of Diaz’s assailants.