A DAILY income of P200 from fishing was not enough to feed Hilario Laurio Torreon, his wife, their eight children and his siblings.
When a friend told him he could earn P1,000 for every five-gram pack of shabu he could sell, he signed up.
Last Sunday, Torreon, 37, was arrested in a buy-bust in Sitio Lawis, Barangay Pasil, Cebu City past 9 p.m.
Seized from him were 14 packs of suspected shabu in different sizes.
Senior Insp. Ruel Burlat, Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) team leader, said the illegal drugs are worth P300,000.
He described Torreon as a level 3 drug pusher, who could dipose of 100 grams of shabu per week.
Police placed the suspect under surveillance for three weeks.
Torreon, however, said he only started selling drugs a week ago.
Also arrested were Adonis Udto, 38; Enocencio Tampuz, 47; Crisanto Laborde, 40; and Ruel Laborde, 22, playing with illegal gambling machines in Torreon’s house.
Udto denied selling drugs, saying they were in Torreon’s house to unwind after work.
“We were at the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said in Cebuano.
In Carcar City, personnel of the Regional Public Safety Company arrested Joel Kent Aguilar Diez at a checkpoint in Barangay Bolinawan around 11:30 p.m.
Diez, 45, works in the office of Sibonga Mayor Lionel Bacaltos.
Seized from his possession were a pack of suspected illegal drugs and a gun.
The suspects will be charged with violating Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
No special treatment
Diez will face a separate complaint for illegal possession of firearm.
During his arrest, he claimed the gun belongs to the mayor. But Bacaltos said Diez was only using him as an alibi.
“It’s true he works in the Municipal Hall, but it’s not true that I own the firearm. We don’t tolerate any wrongdoing,” Bacaltos said in Cebuano.
The mayor said he does not authorize his employees to carry firearms.
He also said any employee caught with drugs will be prosecuted.
He said it is common for townsfolk to claim they are the mayor’s lackey if they’re arrested. He said police should not believe them.