SIX suspected junkies were arrested and a 16-year-old girl was rescued in an anti-illegal drugs operation by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7 in Barangay Duljo Fatima, Cebu City at 6 a.m. yesterday.
Four hours earlier, a 13-year-old girl was also rescued while a suspected drug pusher and four suspected drug users were captured by the police in Barangay Poblacion, Compostela.
The CIDG 7 operation yielded more than 30 grams of white crystals believed to be shabu worth P140,000 from the drug dens allegedly operated by Claire Palapar and Urjun Toreon Sirmelon. Assorted drug paraphernalia and seven video karera machines were also confiscated.
“They are known personalities,” said Tayaba.
The two drug pushers, described by Tayaba as level two drug pushers who can dispose about 200 grams per week, were not caught. Search warrants issued by Cebu City Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Soliver Peras authorized the operation.
When asked by reporters if the pushers’ source is Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz, the police official said the suspects have connections with the person tagged by the police as “the second biggest drug lord in Central Visayas.”
The operatives also found a notebook with the list of persons who owe the drug pushers.
Investigators will look into the background of the drug pushers and the junkies to check if they have pending cases in courts.
Meanwhile, the Dangerous Drugs Board’s new list shows that the worth of a gram of shabu in Central Visayas has decreased to P4,000 from P11,000.
Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, the Police Regional Office 7 deputy director for operations, said five grams of shabu dropped to a price range of P5,000-P7,000 from P11,000-P12,000.
He told reporters that the decrease does not mean the supply of shabu is high. The reports from intelligence and anti-illegal drugs units showed there are several players competing in the illegal drug trade.
“One of the major reasons there is a decrease is because of the high competition among drug players to the extent that they are willing to bring down the price and margin of profit, so they can do well in the market,” said Lawas.
The police neutralized several key players in the drug business and their underlings have taken over the operation.
“There is a free market now,” said Lawas.
The police official said they have not monitored a shabu laboratory operating in Central Visayas and the supply reportedly comes from the Muntinlupa-based drug personalities.
He said they received reports about politicians who are receiving bribe from drug personalities.
Police turned the minors over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development office, to determine their real age and if their participation in illegal activities are of their own volition.
In the Duljo Fatima raid, the suspected junkies are Arnel Araso, 32; Ode Nadunza, 32; Richard Robillos, 35; a deaf named Nocnoc, Jonas Cermelion, 21; and Kim Cabuenas, 21.
The suspects denied they are into selling illegal drugs, saying they were just playing video karera.
Suspected drug pusher Leobert Camacho, 20, was caught with Jose Bugtai, 24; Ken Batulan, 24; Ailee Lucro, 25; and Louela Mascariñas, 21, in Compostela.
Seized from Camacho’s possession were nine sachets of shabu and a .22 magnum revolver.
The evidence were submitted to the Philippine National Police-Crime Laboratory 7 for examination.
The suspects will be charged for violating Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. A separate complaints for illegal possession of firearm and election gun ban will be filed against Camacho.
In Lapu-Lapu City, two persons, including a known drug personality, were arrested by the members of the Lapu-Lapu Police Station (PS) 5 in Barangay Buaya yesterday dawn.
Joel “Puppy” Mangubat, 29, one of the top ten drug personalities of Lambat-Sibat of PS 5, and Gary “Wakin” Godinez, 29, were not able to elude arrest after 32 sachets of suspected illegal drugs were confiscated from them past 3:30 a.m.
Senior Insp. Wayne Magbanua of PS 5 said they received a call from a concerned citizen that illegal drug selling is operated by a person named “Puppy.”
Police conducted a buy-bust operation and caught the suspects.
At least 30 sachets of suspected shabu were seized from Mangubat.
Aside from this, eight tinfoil strips, a disposable lighter, the P200 buy-bust money and another P40 proceeds of illegal drugs were confiscated.
Authorities caught Godinez, a resident of Sitio Kawit in Barangay Mactan, with two sachets of illegal drugs, three tin foil strips and a disposable lighter from his possession.
Magbanua said the illegal drugs confiscated has a street value of P6,400.
Mangubat and Godinez were detained at Lapu-Lapu City Police Office detention cell pending charges to be filed against them.