FOR Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), the observance of the Holy Week does not only mean securing the pilgrims and tourists. It also means preventing drug players from plying their wares.
Anti-drug operatives of the Cebu City police force seized an estimated P8.5 million worth of illegal drugs and arrested nine persons during a series of anti-illegal drug operations from Holy Wednesday until Good Friday.
“The drug pushers thought that our police officers were busy but our anti-drug operatives intensified their operations and were relentless in the drug busts,” said Doria.
Two of the nine arrested persons allegedly get their supply of shabu from jails in Cebu City and Mandaue City.
Last Wednesday, Orpheus Pangilinan, a customs administration student, was caught with P2.8 million of illegal drugs in Sitio Romblon, Barangay Inayawan.
On Maundy Thursday, police arrested Arnolfo Airland Diola, 24, and Jhon Paulo Peña, 22, at the back of the public market in Barangay Tisa. They allegedly yielded P413, 000 worth of illegal drugs.
Also arrested in the same barangay was Ryan Atillo, 37, who hailed from Purok Pag-iisa. Seized from him was P177,000 worth of drugs.
On Good Friday, security guard Mario de Jesus was arrested in Sitio Red Rads, Barangay Basak San Nicolas with P4.7 million worth of illegal drugs.
On the same day, Loremar Carcueva, 37, and Mark Bryan Lopez, 34, were also captured with P295,000 worth of shabu in Barangay Labangon.
In Sitio Puntod, Alaska, Barangay Mambaling, operatives also arrested Marcelo Silverio, 50, and his wife, Yolanda, 49, with P153,000 worth of illegal drugs.
Cebu City Intelligence Branch (CIB) chief Supt. Cristopher Navida said that the bulk of illegal drugs taken from Pangilinan and de Jesus were found to have been sourced from the city jails of Mandaue and Cebu, respectively.
“We will conduct follow-up operations following these arrests. It’s a good thing that we caught these suspected drug pushers and prevented them from disposing of the shabu. They tried to sneak past us because of the number of people traveling in the Holy Week but they failed,” said Navida. (JOB)