POLICE arrested six suspected pushers of illegal drugs, including a senior citizen, in different operations in Metro Cebu during the weekend.
They also rounded up 16 alleged users of illegal drugs and two girls, both teenagers, who were accused of illegal gambling operations.
The biggest stash, worth an estimated P100,000, was confiscated when the police caught a suspected drug pusher and 11 alleged users, including a minor, in Barangay Tugbongan, Consolacion.
Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7 led by Chief Insp. Maximo Sumeg-ang, Jr. captured Omar Judilla Obejero, the target of their operation.
His sister, who asked not to be identified, said she had no inkling that her brother was involved in the illegal drug trade.
An investigation showed the 27-year-old suspect allegedly belongs to a certain Dansoy’s criminal group, which operates in Consolacion town.
Seized from his possession were 51 packets of shabu, which would be worth P118,000 in street sales.
Lured by P300
Obejero was arrested after he received P300 in marked bills from a decoy, who also received a sachet of shabu from him.
Afterwards, the CIDG team rounded up 11 persons caught using illegal drugs.
They were Norven dela Cerna Heyrosa, Martires Dajao Sasing, John Paul Donasco Rosal, Genes Thom Loquillano, Lorvie Rico Baltazar, Exequila Tutor Sasin, Arnel Toledo Masecampo, Randy Pino, Concordio Godinez Babor, Quincy John Mosquera, and Teleforo Lato Penaranda.
The suspects face complaints of violating Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Aside from allegedly operating a drug den, Obejero’s other case will be for selling dangerous drugs. The offense is non-bailable.
Also during the weekend, officials of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO) confiscated 74 sachets of shabu and arrested five suspects, including a senior citizen, in different buy-bust operations.
At 11:56 p.m. last Friday, police officials led by Senior Insp. Jaime Tolentino of Lapu-Lapu Station 3 arrested Carlos Casul, 64, a resident of Purok Manga, Barangay Gun-ob.
The operation followed after they received several reports that “Brando Casul” had been dealing illegal drugs in the area. (That man turned out to be Carlos Casul.)
According to Tolentino, they recovered the P100 bill used by a decoy to purchase illegal drugs from Casul, seven small sachets of shabu, a pair of scissors, and a roll of aluminum foil.
The drugs were estimated to be worth P5,000, according to street prices estimated by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).
Casul was detained by the police.
In Barangay Pajo, the City Intelligence Branch (CIB) headed by Chief Insp. Mark Gifter Sucalit conducted a buy-bust operation in Sitio Sangi, in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 7, last Saturday.
CIB officials arrested Joel “Jik-Jik” dela Serna, 43, and Jade Balungcas, 26 past 5:30 p.m. Both were jobless residents of that barangay.
Sucalit said they recovered 21 small packs of shabu that would have fetched P12,390 in the streets. One of these was allegedly confiscated from Balungcas, while the rest were from dela Serna.
Drug paraphernalia were also seized from the suspects, as well as the marked money used during the operation.
On the same day, Sucalit and Tolentino arrested 18-year-old Armando Dungog in Sitio Toril, Barangay Canjulao at 8:45 p.m.
At least 15 small packs of shabu and drug paraphernalia were found in his possession.
The drugs, based on DDB’s estimates, would have earned the man some P7,080.
Dela Serna, Balungcas and Dungog were detained in the LLCPO holding cell.
Last Sunday, Lapu-Lapu Police Station 2 led by Chief Insp. Conrado Manatad arrested Ledon Abapo, after 30 small packs of shabu were seized from him at a checkpoint on Fuentes Road in Sitio Kabaloy, Barangay Pajac.
Abapo, who was riding his motorcycle, was flagged down by the police.
Complaints for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against the suspects.
In Cebu City, one of the teenagers arrested was Kimberly Reyes, 19, who said she came to Cebu to earn money for the family she had left in General Santos City.
She did not expect that her job would lead her to a detention cell late last Saturday.
SPO1 Vicente Espenido Jr. of the Pardo Police Station said that his colleague received a call about an allegedly illegal “swertres” outlet in Sitio Laray, Barangay Inayawan.
Those who illegally operate “swertres”, a three-digit number combination raffle game only the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office is allowed to operate, are to be punished according to Republic Act 9287.
Other than Reyes, 18-year-old Jen Tormis also landed in jail after having been arrested by SPO1 Espenido and his team in a different illegal lottery outlet only a short walk away from where Samodio was caught.
Initial investigation led by Espenido disclosed that though the two women worked in separate outlets, they lived in a single house on Molave Ext. in Barangay Tabunok, Talisay City.
The law enforcers also seized from their possession laptops, computer printers, thermal paper, cash registers and cash.
That same evening, a police team led by Chief Insp. Michelangelo Beltran also arrested 31-year-old John Ray Mark Piloton, who was caught allegedly exchanging an unofficial “swertres” stub with a bettor who managed to escape in Barangay Guadalupe.
Piloton’s arrest did not satisfy Beltran, who continued to look for other people involved in illegal gambling in Barangay Kalunasan.
Analyn Morga, 27, was then arrested in Oprra Unit 5, allegedly for the same offense. Morga was caught giving stubs to a bettor, who also managed to escape.
Jonathan Villegas, 42, and Samuel Caninigo Rios, 24, also fell in the hands of a police team led by SPO1 Alvin Itona, on suspicion that they had managed an illegal gambling den where four gambling machines were seized in Barangay Pahina.
Still on the same night, a team led by SPO1 Allan Vallejo of the Police Station 2 also chanced upon five men who had just positioned sachets of white crystals believed to be shabu and drug paraphernalia in a shanty on Gorordo Ave.
Nikki Godinez, 23; Kiven Vasquez, 21; Edwin Caballero, 30; Roger Aprol, 46; and Elpidio Casagan, 30, failed to complete what appeared to be a pot session when the police suddenly arrived.
Among the confiscated items were two sachets of shabu, a seven-inch kitchen knife and tools commonly used in sniffing shabu like an improvised tooter and rolls of tinfoil.