Four football players detained for possession of drug paraphernalia
Four college football players are detained at the Mambaling Police Station in Cebu City after they were caught allegedly possessing drug-sniffing paraphernalia in an anti-drug operation in Sitio Micabaja in Barangay Duljo-Fatima, Cebu City.
The four varsity players denied any wrongdoing.
They said they were having a group study in a house that was raided by police last July 12.
Police said the house where Eugene Vicente, 18, Clinton Tillo, 20, Kent Tundag, 24, and Jason Calunsag, 23, were caught was suspected to be a drug den.
Cebu Daily News is withholding the name of the university that the four students are affiliated with pending confirmation.
CDN tried to get the side of the school regarding the matter but it refused to give any statement at the moment.
The school’s assistant sports moderator said they will be releasing a statement soon.
Based on the police blotter, the four were allegedly caught in possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug den in Sitio Micabaja, Duljo-Fatima during an operation conducted by elements of the Mambaling Police Station’s Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU).
Seized from the four players’ possession were disposable lighters that were converted into portable burners, tin foil and hand rolled tinfoil, according to the police blotter recorded by Senior Police Officer 4 (SP04) Jelson Solibio.
“According to the attending officers of that operation, the students told them after the raid that they were having ‘group study’ in that area which was already reported by the residents of Sitio Micabaja as a drug den. But the attending officers said they were preparing for a pot session,” said SP04 Solibio.
Mambaling Police Station’s DEU investigator Police Officer 3 (P03) Jessie Tañola, who spearheaded the operation last week, said the raid was part of the Philippine National Police’s “One Time, Big Time” operation.
“The four players were part of the 13 netted persons during the operations. We already filed a case against them for violating the Section 12 Article 2 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Actof 2002,” Tañola told Cebu Daily News. “Based on our report, there is a presence of drug pushers in the area but it’s not that rampant because our station is very active in our campaign against drugs.”
Yesterday, the four players along with the others caught during the anti-illegal drugs operation were brought to the Cebu City Prosecutors’ Office for the filing of complaints. They were then brought back to the Mambaling Police Station.
“We recovered drug paraphernalia from them, which is our concrete evidence to file a case against them,” Tañola said.
If found guilty, the four booters may face imprisonment up to six months.
The four players can post bail, which means they can be released while the case is on trial.