P4.7-M illegal drugs seized from 'pusher' in Cebu City

WALTER Labrado Oliamot earned P250 every day when he still worked as a glass installer and it was not enough to help his seven younger siblings.

The 23-year-old elementary dropout’s income ballooned to P30,000 per day when he joined the illegal drug trade of his friend last November.

“I bought clothes for me, my siblings and parents with my first profit,” he said in Cebuano in an interview.

Oliamot, however, was caught by anti-narcotics operatives in a drug bust inside a motel on V. Rama Ave. in Barangay Calamba, Cebu City on Wednesday dawn, February 28. He yielded 400 grams of suspected shabu worth P4.7 million, a value set by the Dangerous Drugs Board.



Supt. Glenn Mayam, Drug Enforcement Group (DEG) 7 chief, said that the suspect’s contact is a detainee, a certain Shao, of the Cebu City Jail in Barangay Kalunasan.

The police official said they are coordinating with the jail’s officials to validate the information. The suspect said that his neighbor, Juan Daclan, persuaded him to sell shabu. The latter personally knew Shao.

Oliamot, who had been listed as a high-value target, was placed under surveillance in the past three months before the arrest.

Mayam said that Oliamot sold illegal drugs in bulk, or some 50 to 100 grams per transaction.

Oliamot’s customers, he said, were from Cebu City, Cebu Province, and Bohol.

DEG 7 operatives carried out the operation together with the Regional Intelligence Division, Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) and Cebu City Police Station 6.

Police Regional Office 7 Director Robert Quenery urged the management of hotels, motels and pension houses to strengthen their security to prevent drug personalities from using their establishments for illegal drug activities.

Security managers, he said, have attended Cebu City Police Office’s seminars on detecting contraband.

Last month, a 62-year-old Australian national was caught in a hotel in Cebu City while carrying P11 million worth of shabu.

Senior Insp. Eric Tero of RSOG said they are still investigating to determine the source of illegal drugs that are still being distributed in Cebu. (KAL)
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