Christmas Day drug haul in Cebu City: P42 million

By: Benjie Talisic December 26,2018 - 01:50 PM

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Christmas Day drug busts netted for the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) a total of P42.1 million worth of shabu (crystal meth).

Three drug personalities were likewise arrested in the separate operations.

The biggest haul of P40.8 million worth of shabu in several large packs came from Reji Abesia, 24, following a buy bust operation inside his rented house in Sitio Cogon, Barangay Basak Pardo.

Chief Inspector Henrix Bancoleta, chief of San Nicolas Police who led the operation, said Abesia was actually a resident of Concepcion St., Barangay Pasil, Cebu City.

Abesia rented a house in Barangay Basak Pardo to escape detection since he was not known in the area, Bancoleta said.

“Pero wala siya kasayod nga amo siyang gi monitor taud taud na (What he did not know was that we had been monitoring him for some time now), ” Bancoleta added.

When they saw that he had rented a house in Basak Pardo, Bancoleta said they just waited for the right timing before they pushed through with their operation.

Abesia, speaking to Cebu Daily News, insisted he was just a courier for a person named “Lebron” who he has not met in person and only communicated by phone.

Abesia claimed he only got a weekly salary of 2,500 from his “boss” and had so far disposed about 50 kilos of shabu.

A few hours later, the San Nicolas police also collared two drug personalities from whom they seized two packs of shabu valued at P1.3 million.

Arrested were Michael Ceniza, 39, and his live-in partner Remelyn Fernandez, 33, both resident of Barangay Pasil.

Police only targetted Ceniza in the buy bust operation and he had just handed to an agent a pack of shabu for P108,000 when his woman companion was found to be carrying a bigger amount of the prohibited drug.

The two arrested males were temporary put to jail at the San Nicolas Police Precinct while Fernandez was detained at the jail facility at the CCPO headquarters.

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