SIXTEEN suspected drug personalities were arrested in separate buy-busts in the cities of Lapu-Lapu and Talisay in the last two days.
Yesterday, the Lapu-Lapu City Police Station (PS) 5 caught Wilson Fabrido, 33, and his live-in partner Mercedes Godinez, 53, in Sitio Acacia, Barangay Bankal.
PO1 Jonel Dizon said a police decoy bought two sachets of shabu from the couple for P400 at 2:50 p.m.
Dizon said the two are new to the illegal drugs trade.
Fabrido allegedly yielded 44 sachets of suspected shabu, while Godinez yielded 55 sachets.
Drug paraphernalia was also seized from them.
Dizon said the seized drugs that weighed 7.2 grams had a street value of P84,960.
Also yesterday, members of the City Intelligence Branch (CIB) arrested 43-year-old Angelito “Angel” Galon, who is on the PS 5’s drug watch list, at 2:55 a.m. in Sitio Saac, Barangay Buaya.
Galon was taken into custody after a police decoy bought a sachet of shabu from him for P200.
The operation was led by Senior Insp. Joey Vicoy, deputy chief of CIB.
Chief Insp. Mark Gifter Sucalit, chief of CIB, said the intelligence team also caught the suspect’s cohorts Jayson Icoy, 26, a resident of Sea Breeze in Barangay Mactan, and Ian Natingga, 22, of Sitio Tungdon in Barangay Basak.
Police recovered from Galon five sachets and three medium packs of suspected shabu, the P200 buy-bust money and another P800 cash.
They also seized nine sachets of shabu from Icoy and two sachets from Natingga.
Sucalit said the drugs confiscated weighed 15.68 grams and were worth P185,024.
Last Sunday, the CIB caught 21-year-old Jemar Dihayco in Sitio Ka-Konsor, Barangay Mactan after he sold a sachet of shabu worth P200 to a police decoy past 1 p.m.
“Dako ni nga personality nga bag-o namo na-monitor (He is a big-time drug personality that we just monitored),” Sucalit said.
Dihayco’s colleague, Carlo Booc, 19, a resident of Sitio Angasil, was also arrested during the buy-bust.
Police seized 50 sachets of shabu, the P200 marked money and P900 cash from Dihayco.
Twelve sachets of shabu were seized from Booc.
Sucalit said the illegal drugs weighed 2.52 grams and were worth P29,736.
All seven suspects are detained in the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office holding cell.
Last Sunday night, nine persons were arrested in separate police operations against illegal drugs in Talisay City.
In Barangay Bulacao, Armando Bedaure, 34, and Nemrad Solatorio, 38, who both surrendered during an Oplan Tokhang operation, were taken into custody after both sold a sachet of suspected shabu to police decoys inside the Hawod Compound.
Talisay City Police Office Chief Supt. Aileen Recla said they conducted the operation after they found out that the two had returned to their old habits.
Police also arrested Cris Orland Malvar, Michael Gidayawan and BB Boy Cañares, who all hail from Barangay Bulacao; and Joseph Ceasar Samson Dacar, 27, of Barangay Poblacion.
Recla said that Malvar and Gidayawan had also surrendered during Oplan Tokhang.
Police allegedly seized five small sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated worth P94,000, two marked P100 bills and drug paraphernalia.
In Barangay Poblacion, what was supposed to be a drug bust became a rescue operation as the police team found seven minors who were going to be sold for sex.
Recla said Anthony “Daddy” Nator, 60, of Sitio Libra, would force the minors, aged between 13 and 14, to use drugs. Then he would pimp them to male customers.
Police discovered the minors having a pot session inside Nator’s house.
They were placed under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Services where they will be monitored.
Also arrested were Junnabel Lopez of Barangay Tabunok and Hansel Cabusas of Barangay Poblacion.
Allegedly seized from them were two medium sachets and one small sachet of suspected shabu, the P100 buy-bust money and a .38 revolver with five ammunition.
PO3 Erwin Carbonquillo said the suspects might also be charged with human trafficking.
Suspects are detained in the Talisay City Jail pending the filing of charges against them. (Jyda Yeecynth Ang, USJ-R Intern)