Four Cebu City drug busts in 7 hours yield P6.9M shabu
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Nearly P7 million worth of suspected shabu was confiscated in four separate drug operations in a span of seven hours in Cebu City on Thursday, April 25.
At past 1 p.m., Jose Alex Roble, 20, an Alternative Learning System student, who allegedly moonlights as a drug pusher, was arrested in General Maxilom Avenue in Barangay Carreta, said Police Colonel Glenn Mayam, Police Drug Enforcement Group Visayas (PDEG Visayas) chief, during an interview with CDN Digital.
Mayam said that they confiscated from Roble 50 grams of suspected shabu, which had an estimated Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) value of P340,000.
Mayam said that they conducted the operation against Roble after one of the drug suspects they arrested a week before pointed to Roble as the source of his illegal drugs.
About two hours later at past 3 p.m., Labangon Police arrested Roy Ahig, 47, an ex-convict, who was caught with 75 grams of suspected shabu or an estimated DDB value of half a million pesos.
Police Major Keith Allen Andaya, Labangon Police Precinct chief, said that they received reports that Ahig, who had been released in jail in October 2017 after serving 10 years for illegal drugs, was back to allegedly selling illegal drugs.
Ahig, who was detained at the Labangon Police Precinct detention cell, told CDN Digital in an interview that he did not own the illegal drugs but he admitted that he would let friends to use his house as place to allegedly use shabu.
About three hours later, at past 6 p.m., the Mambaling police got the biggest shabu haul for the day with an estimated P3.4 million of illegal drugs confiscated in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Duljo Fatima in Cebu City.
Orsolano Alpapara, 40, of Barangay Basak Pardo, Cebu City, was also arrested after he was caught with the 505 grams of suspected shabu in his possession, said Police Captain Francis Renz Talosig, Mambaling Police Precinct chief.
However, an unidentified cohort of Alpapara escaped when police moved in to arrest the suspects.
Talosig said they would still file a case against the unidentified suspect.
Alpapara was detained at the Mambaling Police Precinct pending the filing of charges.
An hour later, at past 7 p.m., in Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City, police got the second biggest drug haul of the day, with an estimated P2.7 million worth of suspected shabu being confiscated from a 17-year-old boy in Sitio Huyong Huyong, Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City.
Lieutenat Colonel Glenn Gonzales, PDEG Visayas deputy chief, said that the boy was turned over to Operation Second Chance, in Barangay Kalunasan in Cebu City, which is a facility for children in conflict with the law.
Gonzales said that they had monitored the boy for a week after they received reports of his alleged illegal activities.
He said that during their surveillance they found out that the boy was allegedly a drug courier, who would allegedly sell illegal drugs on the side.
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