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CCPO chief: Proliferation of illegal drugs knows no season

By: Pegeen Maisie M. Sararana and Paul Lauro - Multimedia Reporter and Multimedia Correspondent - CDN Digital | November 29,2021 - 05:14 PM

CCPO CHIEF SAYS PROLIFERATION OF ILLEGAL DRUGS KNOWS NO SEASON. In photo are the more than 2 kilos of suspected shabu confiscated during Sunday's operation in Barangay Duljo-Fatima in Cebu City.

At least 2,025 grams of ‘shabu’ were confiscated from two drug personalities on Sunday evening in Batangay Duljo Fatima in Cebu City. | Photo screen grabbed from PCol Josefino Ligan FB Live

CEBU CITY, Philippines — There is no season for the proliferation of illegal drugs because it could either be on the uptrend or downtrend since drug personalities would always grab any opportunity to deliver these illegal items to Cebu City.

Police Colonel Josefino Ligan, Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) chief, said this after the a joint team of policemen confiscated more than 2 kilos or 2,025 grams of suspected shabu during a buy-bust operation on Sunday, November 28, in Barangay Duljo-Fatima in Cebu City.

Ligan said the seized suspected shabu had an estimated market value of P13,770,000.

He also said that two suspected drug personalities were arrested during the C. Padilla St., Barangay Duljo-Fatima operation.

 He identified them as Vinch Neil Arnaiz, 27, of Barangay Duljo-Fatima and his cohort, Jessie Caballero, 27, of Barangay Quiot, Cebu City.

Ligan also said that it would not necessarily follow that because we confiscated two kilos of suspected shabu that this was due to loosened restrictions in this time of the pandemic.

The CCPO chief said that even during the pandemic, there were instances were we confiscated a big amount of suspected shabu.

“Mao nang dili nato makita kung unsa gyud ang period sa year nga daghan gyud ang items nga makuha kay for more than a year na nako nga naa sa Cebu City, wala man nato makuan kung during sa Christmas season or summer season. Ilaha ani is opportunity. Dili sila mufollow og pattern,” he added.

(That is why we cannot see when there are many items [illegal drugs] because I have been in Cebu City for more than a year and we could not determine if this would be during the Christmas season or the summer season. What they [drug suspects] do is [look at] opportunities. They don’t follow a pattern.)

On Sunday’s operation, Ligan said that Arnaiz had long been in the illegal drugs business as allegedly a “bodegero” or one responsible for stocks of illegal drugs while his cohort, Caballero, was allegedly his distributor of the illegal drugs.

He said that the two drug suspects, who were on the police watch list of drug personalities in the regional level, could allegedly dispose four kilos of shabu in a week.

Ligan said that Caballero allegedly had distributors in the city and neighboring cities, who would order from him and he would supply each of them with 100 grams of suspected shabu.

Ligan also said that Arnaiz allegedly would transact to an inmate inside the Cebu City Jail for his supply of illegal drugs.

He did not disclose the name of the inmate because there was an ongoing investigation on this.

The two drug suspects were detained at the CCPO holding facility pending the filing of charges.

READ: CCPO: Fewer drugs expected in Cebu City streets after P30M drug haul

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