Sunday August 19, 2018

Police ops yield new info on drug trade, P10M worth of shabu

What’s new in the drug trade? Suspected drug personalities Joel Castro (left) of Barangay Carreta, Cebu City, and Catalino Oliveros Jr. (right) of Barangay Basak San Nicolas, Cebu City, divulge information on how illegal drugs are transported from Luzon to Cebu by couriers disguised as backpacking tourists. (SunStar Photo/Amper Campaña)

LAST Wednesday’s anti-drug operations yielded not only P10 million worth of illegal drugs, but also vital information on how the drug syndicates operate these days.

Local drug personalities have tapped into the contacts of drug suspects who were released from jail, according to results of the Cebu City Police Office’s (CCPO) investigation.

Senior Supt. Joel Doria, the CCPO director, said that the City Intelligence Branch and the City Drug Enforcement Unit had arrested high-value targets who are connected to each other under three drug groups.

Catalino “Chats” Oliveros Jr., 37, yielded illegal drugs worth P3.5 million, and Joel Castro, 44, was caught with P5.6 million worth of shabu.

“When Oliveros went to prison, he met a drug personality inside the jail who became his contact when he was released. We caught new players. It turned out that the source of illegal drugs is from Luzon and they transport it via roll on-roll off vessels carried by persons disguised as backpacking tourists,” Doria said.

These backpackers would hide packs of shabu inside foul-smelling and dirty clothes, according to the information given by the arrested personalities.

“Security personnel would attempt to check their bags but the smell of the soiled clothes would put them off,” Doria said.

Castro, who was previously arrested for illegal drugs, is allegedly linked to Joselito “Otik” Arellano, the known henchman of Cebu’s biggest drug lord, Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz.

The drugs reportedly came from the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City.

Castro, a tombstone maker, admitted he was supposed to deliver the shabu worth P5.6 million that was confiscated from him.

“Di na akoa. Ipahatod na sa Hippodromo,” he said in an interview.

Castro also told reporters that the transaction last night was his sixth, and he would have gotten P3,000 for it. (JOB)