THE tougher drive of the police against illegal drugs reportedly brought down the supply in Cebu City and forced dealers to double the price so they can still profit.
Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Patrocinio Comendador Jr. told reporters yesterday that a sachet of shabu, which was usually sold at P300, is now at P600.
“This, actually, is a good development. We have restricted the supply of shabu,” he said.
In Barangay Tabla, Liloan, suspected drug pusher Andres Soyosa Jr. died after he allegedly traded shots with the police after a buy-bust at 1:55 a.m. yesterday.
Senior Insp. Ramil Morpos, the town police chief, said one member of his team shot the suspect, who attempted to throw a grenade at them.
Soyosa, a level two drug pusher who can dispose of at least 200 grams of shabu per week, was rushed to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City after he was hit in the hand and head. He did not make it alive.
The suspect’s cohorts, namely, Lee Hocotmaya, his live-in partner; Reynaldo Inocian; and Jesus Gungob were also captured.
Morpos said they confiscated 30 grams of shabu worth more than P300,000 from Soyosa. Also seized were a .45 pistol, two magazines, nine bullets and a fragmentation grenade.
In Dumanjug last Monday, suspected drug pusher Florencio Cinco was killed in a shootout, while his 17-year-old son was caught.
Aside from conducting surveillance on drug personalities, Comendador said they are also monitoring the prices of shabu per week.
Early this month Regional Intelligence Division Chief Rex Derilo said they received reports that peddlers sold shabu at P60 in some parts of Cebu Province, but these were unvalidated.
Comendador said a pack of shabu is expensive when it is sold far from its source.
The police in Central Visayas seized a total of 9,074.15 grams of shabu, with an estimated market value of P106,447,286 in 1,098 operations from January to May 22 this year. They arrested 1,615 suspected drug personalities.
Last May 19, a team from the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group killed suspected drug pusher Teodoro Cabriana in a shootout in Barangay Sudlon 2, Cebu City.
Two Cebu City-based drug lords were also killed from the operatives of PRO 7.
A shootout also led to the death of suspected drug lord Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz and his bodyguard Paul Vincent Morales in Las Piñas City last Friday night.
In Banacon Islet, Getafe, Bohol last May 28, alleged drug lord Rowen “Yawa” Secretaria and two of his underlings were killed in a gunfight.
Secretaria was based in Barangay Ermita, while Diaz had lived for years in gated compound in Barangay Duljo Fatima.
Meanwhile, the police units under Cebu Provincial Police Office arrested 18 suspected drug personalities and seized more than P1 million worth of shabu from them in separate operations last Monday.
The buy-busts were carried out in Carcar City, San Francisco, Bantayan, Bogo City, Balamban, Santa Fe, Pinamungahan, Samboan, Barili, Malabuyoc, Asturias and Pinamungahan.
The operations were part of the Oplan Limpiyo Probinsiya, a simultaneous crackdown against illegal drugs.
The same observation was also shared by Acting Cebu City Police Office Director Benjamin Santos, especially after the death of Diaz.
Santos said that they have been monitoring the drug trading in the city, and they have also found out that there is now a scarcity of supply.
“It will be temporary until someone will take Jaguar’s place,” Santos said.
Meanwhile, the city police force said it already identified the owner of the massage parlor beside the Barangay Hall of Duljo Fatima that was strafed last Tuesday.
Santos said that the business permit was named under Jantel Cabusas and the police are still investigating him if he was connected to Diaz.
Although a footage of the strafing was captured by the security camera in the barangay hall, Santos hopes that the people in the area will cooperate in the investigation.
Santos urged also the owner to file a report about the strafing.