AN adult drug pusher and a 14-year-old alleged courier were arrested by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 7 in Barangay Pajac, Lapu-Lapu City last Wednesday afternoon.
The operation was a buy-bust and the agents seized 55 grams of white crystals believed to be shabu worth more than P660,000, the value set by the Dangerous Drugs Board.
The PDEA 7’s estimate of the contraband is at P75,400.
Russel Niebres, PDEA 7 information officer, identified the suspect as Samelaine Grace Mori Agtang, 23.
He did not divulge the name of the minor, who is not criminally liable under Republic Act (RA) 9344, or The Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006. The minor is already in the care of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Niebres said they are still investigating reports that Agtang’s sibling, who is still in jail, allegedly is the one who directs the drug operation.
He said they received information about Agtang’s involvement in the illegal drug trade and their surveillance confirmed this report.
The buy-bust was implemented with the Lapu-Lapu City Intelligence Branch.
Before the arrest was made at past 4 p.m., PDEA’s poseur buyer and Agtang carried out their deal inside a vehicle.
Agtang then allegedly called her sibling inside the jail. The minor later came, carrying the shabu.
In other operations last Wednesday, police arrested six persons in separate illegal drug operations in Carcar City and Barili.
Rentuma Socrates Alcover, 51, was caught by the team led by Senior Insp. Albert Quilitorio in Sitio Upper Cogon, Barangay Poblacion 1, Carcar City.
In the barangays of Poblacion and Maigang in Barili, five persons were arrested by the police.
They are Charlalota Panugaling, Rolando Villaflor Cabasag, Joseph Cuizon Fernandez, Benerable Antipolo Cabasag Jr., and Leonilo Diaz Bayadog.
The arresting officers seized more than 40 sachets of white crystals believed to be shabu and drug paraphernalia from the suspects, who will face complaints for violating Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).
Selling illegal drugs is a non-bailable offense.
An 18-year-old boy and two other men were also arrested for allegedly carrying marijuana, shabu and nubain in a series of checkpoints and nightly roving held around Cebu City before dawn yesterday.
Marijuana, shabu and nubain ampules are all classified as illegal drugs, the “hot object” law enforcers are tasked to seize, other than firearms and deadly items, in anti-criminality operations during the election season.
Shortly before Wednesday midnight, personnel of the Cebu City Public Safety Company (CCPSC) held a checkpoint on V. Rama Ave., near a corner of Lucio Drive, when they noticed one motorist trying to steer away from them.
SPO1 Jaime Mesa recalled they became suspicious when the motorist tried to turn his motorcycle around when he noticed policemen ahead.
They then called his attention and told him they needed to check his vehicle as part of the night’s Commission on Elections checkpoint operation.
The search under the motorcycle seat yielded nothing at first sight, until the policemen opened a bag kept in it. It contained 21 ampules of chemical believed to be nubain, an illegal drug.
The man identified as Ruben Payot Romagos, 41, admitted he would sell the drug to Barangay Inayawan, where junkies are plenty, he said.
“Wa man koy trabaho. Wa ko kahuman og eskwela (I’m jobless. I did not finish school),” said Romagos, a resident of Barangay Lahug.
Mesa and his colleagues at the CCPSC discovered from Romagos that the price of nubain has temporarily gone down, as it did in the previous election season.
An ampule of nubain, which is often mixed with shabu to make a drug called “milkshake,” is at P300. Romagos is selling them for P100 only.
He said he bought it at a lower price in a “popular shabu and nubain store” on Junquera St., which is adjacent to Colon St.
Hours before Romagos’s arrest, an 18-year-old boy also slipped into the hands of law enforcers in Barangay Luz at 1:30 a.m.
Michael Jake Bermoy Guinto, reportedly an out-of-school youth, allegedly held a hand-rolled, crushed leaves that he admitted were marijuana.
Four barangay tanods responded to a call for help due to a report that some boys are making trouble in the place. When they went there, they found Guinto holding a marijuana.
They asked him his age, and Guinto said he’s 18. He was then brought to a detention cell at the Cebu City Police Station 4 in Barangay Mabolo.
On the same day, at 2:30 p.m., residents of Sitio Bato in Barangay Ermita went out of their house to stare at policemen frisking a 20-year-old man to get 12 small sachets from his pocket.
The man is identified as Lando Jungcaban Abaile, who had no idea he had just sold a small sachet of shabu worth P100, cheaper than the regular price of a small sachet at P200.
The arrested men will face criminal complaints for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.