POLICE arrested seven persons including a pregnant woman and seized P2.6 million worth of illegal drugs in separate operations in Cebu City, San Francisco, Pinamungahan and Consolacion.
The Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (Raidsotg) 7 conducted buy-busts in Barangays Talamban and Calamba, Cebu City.
At 4:30 a.m. yesterday, the team caught suspected drug runner Jupert P. Benolirao along V. Rama Ave. and two big packs of white crystals believed to be shabu were seized from the suspect. The contraband weighs 150 grams and is worth P1.8 million, a value set by the Dangerous Drugs Board.
Benolirao’s alleged boss, Jerome “Pahak” Nabua, was able to elude arrest when he saw Benolirao was in trouble.
SPO4 Dodong Tano, Raidsotg 7 chief investigator, said they consider Nabua as a drug lord because the suspect is a level one pusher who can dispose more than 50 grams of shabu per week.
The operation against Nabua and Benolirao was the result of the first operation conducted by Raidsotg operatives in Talamban, where they caught Edward Durano Ceniza.
Some ten grams of shabu worth P118,000 was seized from the suspect.
At 5:30 p.m. last Tuesday, 53-year-old suspected drug pusher Alexander Papasin, his son and pregnant sister-in-law were collared in a buy-bust in Barangay Tutay, Pinamungajan.
Insp. Gilfred Baroman, the town police chief, identified Papasin’s alleged cohorts Jeffrey, 20, and Bernardita, 40. The police seized P531,000 worth of shabu from the suspects.
Papasin was the subject of a search warrant last year, but he was not around when the police implemented it.
Ten minutes earlier, the team led by Senior Insp. Wilson Abot caught Edcel Perolino Manatad, 38, in Sitio Mangga, Barangay Jugan, Consolacion.
Several packs of shabu weighing 10.8 grams and are worth P127,400 were seized from the suspect, who is on the eight spot of the list of drug personalities operating in the town.
At 1 p.m., police collared Lorence Cartagina, 38, and confiscated P100,000 worth of shabu in Barangay San Isidro, San Francisco, Camotes Island.
Papasin and Cartagina an alleged level three pusher. They can allegedly sell more than five grams of shabu per week.
Complaints of violating Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, will be filed against the suspects.