AT LEAST P13 million worth of drugs were taken in five operations that also led to the arrest of 17 persons last Saturday.
After two weeks of preparations, operatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 7 hauled P11.8 million worth of drugs from the Taboan Public Market in San Nicolas, Cebu City.
PDEA Director General Arturo G. Cacdac Jr., identified the suspect as Claudio Branzuela Bontilao, Jr., 48, a married resident of Bulacao, Cebu City.
The one-kilogram drug stash allegedly confiscated from him could have fetched P1.2 million in street sales. But according to estimates of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), the stash could have earned Bontilao as much as P11.8 million.
PDEA agents arrested him in a buy-bust operation led by Director Ronald Allan Ricardo at 9:30 p.m.
Bontilao claimed that the shabu was sourced from the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.
The authorities confiscated one big transparent plastic bag containing a kilo of shabu, P1,600 cash and one green Nissan sedan.
In Barangay Gairan in Bogo City, 11 persons were arrested in a buy-bust operation by the Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) and the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (Paidsotg).
Police identified the subjects as Emilita Orbita and Emmanuel Berengel, who eluded arrest.
But they arrested alleged cohorts Roxane Tio, Randy Malakaman, Thany Ancajas, Amed Cadlawon, Janray Ople, Marjun Niez, Jericho Sevilla, Romel Toring, Aljon Buenconsejo and Rico Monterde.
Monterde was wounded after he tried to resist the arresting officers. He was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Evidences that were confiscated included five small packs and 14 large packs of shabu, with a DDB-estimated value of P944,000; two P100 bills; a .45 caliber pistol; and drug paraphernalia.
Another buy-bust by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group from Cebu Province led to the confiscation of 110 grams of shabu, with a DDB value of P440,000.
Five persons were apprehended by intelligence operatives in Barangay Tunghaan, Minglanilla.
The suspects were Ronie Engbino, Divina Lastimoso, Jayson Sabellon, Francisco Montecillo and a 17-year-old minor, James (real name withheld).
James, however, alleged that he was only feeding the chickens when the police stormed the place.
Lastimoso told Sun.Star Cebu she was doing the laundry but got scared and ran, prompting the police to arrest her.
In a separate report, police arrested two persons who were allegedly high-profile drug personalities. One had been named in a search warrant.
Seized from the suspects were 18 small sachets and four medium packs of suspected shabu.
Suspect Rolito T. Caja was arrested by a Punta Princesa Police Station alert team led by SPO2 Rolando Banatasa in Sitio Motra, Barangay Tisa.
Caja was included in Cebu City’s top 10 personalities in the anti-drug watch list.
Judge Soliver C. Peras of Regional Trial Court 7, Branch 10 Cebu City issued the search warrant against Caja.
Caja is currently detained in Punta Police Station 10, Cebu City.
Meanwhile, a buy-bust operation seized .20 gram of suspected shabu with a total street value estimated at P230,000.
Ermarvin Cadaro Bola-bola, 35, who lives inside the Chinese cemetery in Barangay Carreta, Cebu City was caught by the City Intelligence Branch (CIB) personnel led by Police Insp. Jovito Labra.
Police officers said that Bola-bola sold shabu to PO3 Alex Buanghog, who used a P100 bill when he posed as a buyer.
Ale Badajos Ramas, who was also included in the city’s most wanted list, was arrested in another buy-bust operation led by Carbon Police Station Police Senior Insp. Regino Cuales Maramag Jr.
According to SPO1 Artemio Tumakay, Ramas attempted to fire at the police.
About P3,000 worth of suspected shabu and one loaded .45 Colt pistol were confiscated from the suspect’s possession.
He is now detained in the Carbon Police Station.
The suspects will be charged with violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Gwenna Maurillo Abadiez, USJ-R intern/With PR