ANTI-NARCOTICS operatives arrested a suspected drug dealer during a raid in Barangay Bolinawan, Carcar City early yesterday morning.
Seized from Rommel Velez were packs of suspected shabu worth P354,000 and drug-sniffing paraphernalia.
Velez is the brother of Roel Velez, who was arrested and charged for killing hotelier Manuel Ting in 2010.
This, as three government employees of Pinamungahan tested positive for drugs, two for shabu and one for marijuana, in yesterday’s surprise drug tests there, said Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Padac) Executive Director Joey Herrera.
Upon the request of local officials, Padac and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (Pdea) tested urine samples of 43 district hospital and municipal employees yesterday morning.
Results were known by noontime. But Herrera said they have yet to submit these for confirmation.
Senior Insp. Henrix Bancoleta, of the Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (Raidsotg) of Police Regional Office (PRO) 7, said Rommel is a level two drug pusher, who can disposed of at least 250 grams of shabu per week.
The operatives raided the house in Sitio Lagang at 7 a.m., where Rommel was reportedly staying, following a two-week surveillance.
u201cMagsige ni siya og balhin-balhin mao nga lisod ni siya dakpon (He was difficult to catch because he kept moving),” Bancoleta told Sun.Star Cebu.
Rommel is also part of Raidsotg’s target list of suspected drug personalities.
The operation was covered by a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 19 Judge Wilfredo Navarro.
Rommel wasn’t able to run away as he just woke up when police knocked on his door.
When the operatives searched the house, they searched every corner to find the drugs.
Rommel was arrested before for the same offense but was acquitted.
During an interview with police, Rommel admitted selling drugs, but only on small amounts.
The suspect is detained in Police Station 2 and will face complaints for possession of illegal drugs.
Meanwhile, three police officers will have to explain why they failed to attend a drug test in Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) yesterday.
The drug test also showed that 32 personnel from Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) tested negative in the examination conducted by PNP Regional Crime Laboratory Office 7.
Senior Supt. Noel Gillamac, director of CPPO, said the three police officers must provide a reason why they shouldn’t be dismissed.