10 kilos of shabu seized in Cebu City barangay

10 kilos of shabu seized in Cebu City barangay

ABOUT 10 kilograms of suspected shabu were confiscated during the buy-bust operation conducted by the Regional Police Drug Enforcement Unit in Central Visayas (RPDEU 7) past 9 p.m. on Monday, December 11, 2023, in President Roxas Street, Villa Aurora, Barangay Kasambagan, Cebu City.

The suspect was identified as Harvey Torres, 30, from San Cristobal, San Pablo, Laguna.

Taken from Torres were huge bundles of alleged shabu weighing around 10 kilograms and with a standard drug price of P68 million.

Police launched the operation against Torres after verifying information about his illegal drug activity.

The identity of Torres was initially mentioned as the person who would be bringing a large amount of drug supplies to Cebu City, according to a RPDEU 7 operative who refused to be named.

The informant gave precise details regarding Torres' arrival day from Luzon.

When the suspect arrived in Cebu City, a police officer posing as a client bought drugs from Torres right away, and they made plans to meet up so that the drugs could be delivered.

The authorities pounced on Torres and handcuffed him as soon as he gave the illegal substances to the police poseur-buyer.

In the background investigation conducted on Torres, police found out that the suspect was arrested in June 2022 for narcotics possession, but was released in November 2022 as a result of a plea agreement.

He did, however, go back to his regular work of transporting illegal drugs to any location in the country in return for a P30,000 salary and an additional P20,000 upon disposal.

The suspect claimed that he transported the illicit substances, which were placed in a traveling bag, from Manila to Cebu City by land.

He disclosed that he managed to arrive in Cebu without having his suitcase searched in bus terminals.

Torres had already transported a sizable amount of illegal drugs into Cebu three times.

He first disposed of about five kilograms of purported shabu in March 2023.

He returned in July 2023 to deliver around seven kilograms of suspected shabu.

But this time, he was finally caught on his third attempt.

According to Torres, he was also appointed trustee and warehouse in-charge by a certain Bossing and another person only known as Dragon in Luzon, where he was able to get rid of one to three kilograms every week.

He claimed that Bossing will provide him P50,000, while Dragon will give him an extra P10,000 for his transportation and meal costs from Manila to Cebu.

Upon his arrival in Cebu, the dealers will meet him at the condominium where he stayed to get the drug supply.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Gerard Ace Pelare, the spokesperson of Police Regional Office (PRO 7), revealed that the drug shipment was meant for the holidays.

Before the suspect arrived in Central Visayas, according to Pelare, his movements were already monitored.

Pelare said that Torres also mentioned his local contacts in Cebu.

"Naa tay mga ongoing nga operation kay sa custodial debriefing naa man syay gipang mention," Pelare said.

(We have ongoing operations against those he mentioned during the custodial debriefing).

According to Pelare, the 10 kilos of drugs seized from Torres were to be distributed in Cebu province and throughout the Central Visayas.

Police Lieutenant Janette Rafter, the deputy city director for operations at the Cebu City Police Office, stated that that if the illegal substances had not been seized, many young people might have been ruined.

"Dako gyud kaayo to nga kalampusan sa atung kapulisan. Dili nato ma imagine nga ingun niadto kadako ang maabot sa lain-laing lugar sa Sugbo labi na nga naa tay mga kalingawan," Rafter said.

(This is a major accomplishment for our policemen. We find it hard to believe that so many narcotics would find their way into Cebu's neighborhoods, especially since we have a lot of entertainment).

Rafter said they are now working with the RPDEU 7 to go after those identified by Torres as their local contacts in Cebu City. (With TPT)


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