FIVE persons were arrested and more than P400,000 worth of drugs were confiscated in two buy-bust operations in Lapu-Lapu City yesterday morning.
Police Chief Insp. Mark Gifter Sucalit, chief of Lapu-Lapu City Police Office-City Intelligence Branch (LCPO-CIB), said the suspects were disposing their last supply of drugs because they were afraid of the incoming president.
“It was supposed to be their last supply. Definitely, they were afraid because the incoming president is serious about eliminating illegal drugs,” Sucalit said in Cebuano.
Sucalit led the buy-bust operation at 8 a.m. in Camella Homes Phase 2 in Barangay Pajac.
They arrested Felix Camero, 53, a resident of the subdivision; Joseph Flor, 21, a resident of Sitio Abuno, Pajac; and Joey Aying, 36, a resident of Pajac proper.
Camero and Flor were the targets of the operation.
Police seized 17 sachets and three medium packs of illegal drugs worth P187,030 from the suspects. The drugs weighed 12.75 grams.
They also recovered the P500 buy-bust money and P3,500 in cash believed to be drug proceeds.
Following the operation in Pajac, another buy-bust led by Senior Insp. Verniño Noserale, deputy chief of LCPO-CIB, was conducted at 8:20 a.m. in Barangay Bankal.
Melvin Sarmiento, 32, who lives in Bankal; and Janiel “Insik” Zacal Jadman, 28, a resident of Camella Homes Phase 2, were arrested inside Room 209 of Bankal Plaza.
Sarmiento and Jadman are colleagues of the three suspects arrested in Pajac, said Noserale.
Police confiscated six medium packs of suspected shabu from the suspects.
The illegal drugs had an estimate weight of 30 grams with a street value of P354,000.
The P9,500 “boodle money” and P5,000 cash believed to be drug proceeds were recovered from the suspects. (Boodle money consists of wads of paper topped by genuine bills.)
Noserale said Camero and Flor bought their illegal drugs from Sarmiento, the supplier of shabu.
Jadman was identified as Sarmiento’s collector and driver.
Sucalit said they recently received information about the suspects’ illegal activities that’s why they are not in their list of drug personalities.
“We didn’t hesitate to conduct operations because we know the incoming president is behind us,” he said in Cebuano.
The five suspects have been placed at the LCPO detention cell pending the filing of charges against them.