TWO persons were arrested and more than 40 sachets of suspected illegal drugs were confiscated from them in separate buy-bust operations in Lapu-Lapu City.

Last Tuesday, members of Lapu-Lapu Police Station 4 led by Senior Insp. Jimmy Fortes arrested Jumar Sanchez, 28, in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Basak.

In coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 7, Sanchez was caught after a police decoy bought a sachet of white crystalline substance, which is believed to be shabu, for P100 past 8 p.m. in Sitio Kagudoy.

PO2 Angelo Abella of Police Station 4 said the suspect did not resist arrest.

The police recovered eight sachets of suspected shabu, the marked money, another P300 cash and five sheets of tin foil from Sanchez.

Abella said the illegal drugs was worth P3,000.

In Barangay Gun-ob, members of the City Intelligence Branch led by Chief Insp. Mark Gifter Sucalit arrested an unemployed person during their buy-bust operation last Monday afternoon.

The poseur-buyer bought two sachets of illegal drugs from Chuck Espinosa, 30, in Purok Kawayan around 4:50 p.m. He did not resist arrest.

Sucalit said they recovered 35 sachets of suspected shabu, the P200 buy-bust money, another P470 cash and drug paraphernalia.

“Estimated weight of confiscated illegal drugs is 1.11 grams with DDB (Dangerous Drugs Board) value of P13,098,” Sucalit said in a text message.

Sanchez and Espinosa were detained at the Lapu-Lapu Police Office detention cell.

Talisay

In Talisay City, the police arrested five persons during a preventive patrolling last Tuesday, 5 p.m., in Sitio Rattan, Barangay Tangke.

A concerned citizen called the Talisay City Police about drug transactions in the area.

SPO2 Cecilio Miñoza said that when they arrived at the site, people started running.

Marjorie Breguis Mangubat, 35, and Christopher Zabate Entienza, 40, who are live-in partners; Julius Cellen Bonghanoy, 29; Roel Cabrera Repunte, 37, a resident of the said place; and Jay Posadas Waminal, 40, were arrested that afternoon for alleged possession of illegal drugs.

Police officers were able to confiscate 11 small plastic sachets, and two medium-sized packs of what was allegedly shabu.

The substances weighed a total of 5.2 grams, worth Php 61,360.00.

Minoza said they were only able to warn some of those they caught since they possessed no illegal drug.

He said there were people on motorcyles who were on their way to the site, but the police told them not to return to the place.

Tokhang

The Talisay City Police said the detective preventive patrolling is part of Oplan Tokhang (tok-tok hangyo), an operation of the police where they knock on the doors of suspected drug pushers and ask them to stop their trade.

The suspects violated R.A. 9165, also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and are now at the Talisay City Police detention center.

PO2 Edwin Compamanes said a case has not yet been filed.

The police are still waiting for the results of the examined items from the crime lab, Compamanes said

The police said there was no one who surrendered that day. Vania Mae Lim, USJR Journalism Intern