FOUR people were arrested in separate police operations in Cebu City and in Liloan town last Tuesday that also yielded packs of shabu and a high-powered firearm.
In Cebu City, the City Intelligence Branch (CIB) arrested two men; one is a suspected drug pusher, while the other one is believed to be a gun-for-hire.
First to be arrested was Vicente Bughaw, 38, in New Town, Barangay Pardo at 3 a.m. He was allegedly caught in possession of a 9mm Ingram sub-machine pistol with a silencer and a magazine loaded with 30 bullets.
The arrest was made after the CIB received a call for assistance about an armed person alarm. The man was later identified as Bughaw.
The CIB operatives caught up with Bughaw when he was about to board a vehicle heading to Balamban, Cebu.
CIB Chief Romeo Santander, in an interview yesterday, said that Bughaw might be involved in gun-for-hire activities.
u201cMost gun-for-hires usually use this kind of firearm. We will still have to verify his (Bughaw) identity and background,” said Santander.
At 4:30 p.m. last Tuesday, the CIB also arrested Karlo John Famador, 21, a suspected drug pusher in Bacayan, Cebu City.
He was arrested in a buy-bust where the police confiscated 33 sachets suspected illegal drugs worth P10,000.
An informant reportedly told the police of Famador’s alleged illegal drug trading.
Police were able to confirm Famador’s allegedly illegal drug activities after the latter was placed under surveillance for a week.
A police officer posed as a decoy and transacted with Famador that resulted in the drug suspect’s arrest.
Meanwhile, police arrested a woman, who is reportedly a level two drug pusher, along with her helper in Barangay Tayud, Liloan.
Jocelyn Correa, 49, and Armando Agacita, 24, were arrested in a buy-bust conducted by the Liloan police.
Seized from Correa were three medium packs of shabu, which was estimated to have a street value of almost P25,000.
Correa allegedly transacted with an operative who pretended to be a poseur-buyer that resulted in her arrest.
Agacita was also arrested inside Correa’s house after he allegedly yielded a small pack of illegal drug.
Sr. Insp. Ramil Morpos of the Liloan Police said that Correa was placed under surveillance for almost a week. It was during this time that they confirmed Correa’s illegal drug operation, Morpos said.
He said Correa could dispose at least 300 grams of shabu per week.
Morpos said his office is verifying reports that Correa allegedly gets his supply of shabu from a detainee the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center.
u201cWe will have to investigate it further,” added Morpos.