A drug den was dismantled during a buybust operation in Sitio Laurente, Barangay Tejero, Cebu City past noon on Saturday, July 2, 2022.

The joint elements from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA 7), Criminal Intelligence and Detection Group in Central Visayas and other police units conducted the buybust operation that led to the arrest of Jerecho Bascon, 48, allegedly a drug den maintainer, and drug den visitors Ronnie Rosos, 31; Leandro Duterte, 20; a construction worker; and Mitchell Leah Liquido, 42.

Confiscated during the operation were two packs of suspected shabu weighing around 11 grams with an estimated value of P74,800, buy-bust money, and drug paraphernalia.

Leia Alcantara, spokesperson of PDEA 7, said this is the first buybust operation that they conducted under new President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

She said they received information from concerned residents about the illegal drug activity of Bascon prior to the drug raid.

Cases for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against the suspects. (BBT, TPT)