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Labangon police seize P1.3M suspected shabu, nab high value target in Talisay drug bust

By: Benjie B. Talisic January 26,2019 - 09:47 AM

Drug suspect, Philip Abella of Barangay Lawaan, Talisay City, is caught with P1.3 million worth of suspected shabu in a buy-bust operation on January 26.| Photo by Benjie Talisic

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Another P1 million worth of suspected shabu was confiscated and another high value target was arrested by the Cebu City police officers, a day after the Barangay Pit-os, Cebu City anti-illegal operation netted an estimated P1 million worth of illegal drugs, and a high value target and his cohort.

Chief Inspector Keith Allen Andaya, Labangon Police Precinct chief, said, in an interview with Cebu Daily News Digital on January 26, that they arrested Philip Abella, 28, of Barangay Lawaan, Talisay City, in an early morning buy-bust operation on January 26 in Barangay Lawaan in Talisay City.

Andaya said that they also confiscated from Abella 21 medium size packs and 1 large pack believed to contain shabu, which weighed 205 grams.

Andaya said that the suspected shabu confiscated from Abella had an estimated Dangerous Drugs Board value of P1.3 million, which was the second P1 million worth of shabu confiscated by Cebu City police officers in a span of 24 hours.

On early Friday morning, the Talamban Police Precinct confiscated 153.53 grams of suspected shabu and arrested 22-year-old Lyle Leyson, whom the Talamban police considered as a high value target, during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Pit-os.

Read more: P1M shabu seized; high value target nabbed in Pit-os drug bust

On the Talisay operation, Andaya said that they had monitored Abella’s operation for about a month and waited for the right time to conduct the buy-bust operation.

He described Abella as a high value target and Abella’s drug operation to have covered that of Barangays Busay, Tisa and Labangon in Cebu City and Barangay Lawaan in Talisay City.

Andaya said that Abella, who is from Barangay Lawaan, had also rented an apartment in Barangay Busay in Cebu City.

This was where Labangon police officers monitored his activities.

On Saturday, police managed to follow Abella to Barangay Lawaan from Barangay Busay and that was when they decided to conduct the buy-bust operation.

Abella was detained at the Labangon Police Precinct detention cell pending the filing of charges./dbs

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TAGS: Busay, bust, buy, drug, high value target, Labangon, Lawaan, P1 million

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