POLICE arrested 19 persons and seized more than P300,000 worth of illegal drugs in separate operations in Dalaguete, Liloan, Consolacion and Danao City.
In Lapu-Lapu City, police arrested three persons and seized P79,000 worth of suspected shabu during a buy-bust operation last Tuesday night.
Last Tuesday, past 9 p.m., alleged drug pusher Jenemar Heredia, a councilor of Barangay Balud in Dalaguete, and his sister Janine slipped past police operatives who were tasked to enforce a court-issued search warrant.
Instead of the Heredias, the police team, led by Senior Insp. Dexter Basirgo, arrested Jimmy Dale Legaspi and Vicente Belia, who are alleged underlings of Jenemar.
Seized from the arrested suspects and from the Heredia household were more than five grams of white crystals believed to be shabu, which is estimated to be worth P124,372.
Basirgo, Dalaguete police chief, said that they found a pack of shabu beside Jenemar's identification card as a barangay councilor.
Jenemar is allegedly a level three drug pusher who can dispose of 200 grams per week and whose operation reaches Oslob and other towns in southern Cebu.
Basirgo said that the Heredias were informed that the police were coming to their house, enabling them to escape.
Another alleged level three drug pusher, Sarah Mae Lofranco, and a suspected junkie, Alfonso Tagalog, were collared in Barangay Catarman, Liloan at 3:45 p.m. last Tuesday.
Lofranco's mother and brother were arrested in a drug bust by the Provincial Intelligence Branch last November.
Senior Insp. Ramil Morpos, Liloan police chief, said they seized 330 small sachets of shabu worth P177,000, a .45 pistol and a magazine loaded with six bullets from the suspects.
Tagalog allegedly opened fire at the raiding police officers, but hit no one.
Lofranco told reporters that she has been engaged in the illegal drug trade for a year already, while Tagalog denied he was armed and shot the police.
Two hours earlier, police captured 14 persons having a pot session and playing illegal games in Barangay Looc, Danao City.
In Barangay Pulpogan, Consolacion, Mylin Valdez Patigayon, 27, was arrested in a buy-bust.
The police confiscated 14.68 grams of suspected shabu worth P173,224 from Patigayon.
In a separate operation, a team composed of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 7 and the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO) arrested Geve “Gevy” Lahoy-lahoy, 25.
Lahoy-lahoy was arrested inside his house in Purok Gusa, Sitio Humay-humay in Pajo.
The police also arrested Maximo Tampus, 34, a resident of Sitio Tugas, Barangay Gun-ob in Lapu-Lapu City, and Rochel Tampus, 31, a resident of M. Velez St., Barangay Capitol Site in Cebu City.
Police Chief Insp. Mark Gifter Sucalit of the City Intelligence Branch said that 34 sachets and a medium pack of suspected shabu were seized from the suspects.
An undercover policeman pretended to buy a sachet of shabu worth P200 from Lahoy-lahoy.
The police arrested Lahoy-lahoy after the suspect accepted the payment for suspected shabu. The police seized from Lahoy-lahoy 20 sachets of suspected shabu, a medium pack of the same substance, the P200 marked money and P800 in cash.
The police also confiscated 13 sachets of suspect shabu from Maximo and a sachet of the same substance from Rochel. Drug paraphernalia were also taken from them.
Sucalit said that the suspects were detained at the LLCPO detention cell pending the filing of charges.
Complaints for violating Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, will be filed against the suspects.