NINE people, including a suspected big-time drug pusher, were arrested by police in separate anti-drug operations in Cebu.

An alleged drug pusher, his companion and buyer were collared by anti-drug operatives during a buy-bust in Sitio Datag, Barangay Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City last Sunday afternoon.

Seized from Greg Empasis, 25, were two large packs of alleged shabu worth P48,000 in street sales.

The City Anti Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (Caidsotg) of Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LCPO) led by Senior Insp. Rogelio Pineda Jr. caught Empasis, who is the subject of the operation, past 5 p.m.

“He is really the source of drugs in the area,” Pineda said.

His errand boy Greggy Taghoy, 31, was also arrested with two small packs of shabu.

During the buy-bust, Julius Augosto, 28, was also taken by police after he bought two small packs of shabu from Empasis.


When interviewed by police, Empasis admitted selling drugs, Pineda said. “Gihatod ra kuno na diha. Wa siya kahibaw asa gikan (It was just brought there. He didn’t know where it came from),” he said.

Early Monday morning, police arrested three trisikad drivers who were caught having a pot session in Barangay Poblacion, Danao City.

They were identified as Pedrito Tabilid, 37; Rodrigo Morales, 39; and Lolito Tapia, 32.

A police team led by PO3 Phil Restauro were conducting a follow-up operation of a robbery incident when they caught the group at 6:30 a.m. in an open hut.

Recovered from the trisikad drivers were four small packs of alleged shabu and drug-sniffing paraphernalia.


In Tuburan town, two men were caught allegedly peddling drugs in Barangay Poblacion 7 past 6 p.m.

A police poseur buyer bought a small pack of shabu from Octavius Caesar Rasco, 44, and Dante Bardoquillo, 49.

The policemen led by Senior Insp. William Homoc took nine small and two medium packs of shabu from the suspects.

At dawn the other day, an 18-year-old boy was arrested by police in Barangay Poblacion, Sogod for possession of drugs.

Policemen led by Insp. Romeo Caacoy Jr. were patroling the area against all forms of illegal activities when they caught Crisanto Loyola acting suspicious in Sitio Abo at 1:30 a.m.

When Loyola was searched, and was found to have a small pack of alleged shabu.