P3.1-M worth of ‘shabu’ seized in separate Cebu drug busts
CEBU CITY, Philippines — At least P3.1 million worth of suspected shabu were seized in separate buy-bust operations conducted in Cebu province and the cities of Cebu and Lapu-Lapu on Friday, July 22, 2022.
The five operations resulted in the arrest of six individuals, including two women, and the confiscation of a total of 469.38 grams of ‘shabu’.
Aloguinsan police station seized a total of P2,789,632 worth of ‘shabu’ during separate buy-bust operations conducted on Friday, July 22.
Police Lieutenant Roberto Barnido Jr., chief of Aloguinsan Police Station, in his report, disclosed that they confiscated a total of 410 grams of ‘shabu’ from a certain Ras Fernandez Manano, allegedly from Barangay Pasil in Cebu City.
Police Staff Sergeant Marvin Hubahib, desk officer, of the Aloguinsan Police Station, said the operation against Manano was conducted at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 22, 2022, in Barangay Bonbon of the said town.
However, he has no information about the background of Manano other than that the latter is from Cebu City and has recently resided in the said barangay for at least a month.
Manano is currently detained at the Aloguinsan Police Station pending the filing of the appropriate case against him.
Lapu-Lapu City drug bust
Also, Lapu-Lapu City police arrested a certain Jessie Peñaranda, 47, a resident of Barangay Looc in the said city with 20.14 grams of ‘shabu’ worth P136, 959. Aside from illegal drugs, police also recovered a .38 revolver from him.
Personnel from Lapu-Lapu City’s Intelligence and Drug Enforcement Units led by Police Lieutenant Noah Añana under the supervision of Police Lieutenant Colonel Jul Mohammad Jamiri, chief of CIU/CDEU, conducted the buy-bust operation.
According to police, the suspect was arrested for possession of illegal drugs last January 2020 but was freed after a plea bargaining agreement.
Cebu City drug busts
Police likewise conducted three separate drug operations in Cebu City which resulted in the arrest of four individuals on Friday, July 22, and the confiscation of 39 grams of suspected shabu worth P264, 800.
The illegal drug operation conducted past midnight on Friday also resulted in the arrest of a certain Edwin and his female cohort, Rosalina, with 26 grams of ‘shabu’ worth P176, 800.
The two were arrested at Sitio Lower Kawayan, Barangay Sambag 2, Cebu City, said Police Major Nolan Tagsip, chief of Abellana Police Station.
Further, Police Major Efren Dela Cruz Diaz Jr., chief of Parian Police Station, identified the two arrested suspects as Joan Masukhani, 40, a resident of Sitio Mahayahay II in Barangay Calamba, Cebu City and Russel Gerali, 45, a resident of Sitio Dawis in Barangay Tabunok, Talisay City.
They were nabbed during two separate illegal drug operations in Barangay Kamagayan in Cebu City.
First to fall was Masukhani who was arrested past 7 p.m. with five grams of ‘shabu’ worth P34,000 followed by Gerali past 11 p.m. with eight grams worth P54,400. /rcg
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