CITY and provincial policemen seized a total of P22.4 million worth of shabu and marijuana plants in two days and in separate operations.
On Tuesday, August 13, 2019, Cebu City policemen siezed P8.1 million worth of shabu in a drug bust in Barangay Kalunasan, Cebu City.
Police arrested 23-year-old Raffy Abaya, alias “Raprap,” during the drug bust. Abaya yielded P1.2 kilos of shabu worth P8,160,000.
In the province, members of Danao City Police Station and the 1st Provincial Mobile Force, Provincial Intelligence Bureau, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 7, and Provincial Investigation and Detection Management Branch hit two sites in Danao City on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.
During the simultaneous drug operations in two barangays, police uprooted 10,350 fully grown marijuana adn 4,000 seedlings worth P14.3 million.
Police also arrested six cultivators in the two operations. They are identified as Benjie Depositario, Inocentes Depositario, Bertin Depositario, Melvin Depositario, Jay and Jhosar Acidillo. All were listed as high value targets.
Bertin yielded a .45 calibre pistol and a magazine with seven live ammunition.
Two other suspects, identified as Genesis Jaime and Wendel Jaime, eluded arrest but are now subject to a manhunt operation.
All of the suspects will face charges for violations of section 16 of Article 2 of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Bertin, on one hand, will also face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.
Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) Director Roderick Mariano said the cold weather condition in Danao City has somehow made the illegal cultivation of marijuana plants favorable.(WBS)