CHC chief: The proliferation of illegal drugs knows no season

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At least 2,025 grams of “shabu” were confiscated from two drug figures on Sunday evening in Batangay Duljo Fatima, Cebu City. | Screen photo captured by PCol Josefino Ligan FB Live

CEBU CITY, Philippines – There is no season for the proliferation of illegal drugs as it could be on the rise or the fall as drug figures would always seize any opportunity to deliver these illegal items to Cebu City .

Police Col. Josefino Ligan, head of the Cebu City Police Bureau (CCPO), said this after a joint team of police confiscated more than 2 kilograms or 2,025 grams of suspected shabu during an operation buying bust on Sunday November 28 at Barangay Duljo- Fatima in Cebu City.

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

He also said that two drug suspects were arrested during Operation C. Padilla St., Barangay Duljo-Fatima.

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

Ligan also said it wouldn’t necessarily follow because we confiscated two kilos of shabu allegedly due to relaxed restrictions in this time of the pandemic.

The CHC chief said that even during the pandemic there were instances where we confiscated a large amount of suspected shabu.

“Mao nang dili nato makita kung unsa gyud ang time of year nga daghan gyud ang articles nga makuha kay for over a year na nako nga naa in Cebu city, wala man nato makuan kung during the season of Christmas or the summer season. Ilaha ani is an opportunity. Dili sila mufollow og pattern, ”he added.

(That’s why we can’t see when there are a lot of items [illegal drugs] as I have been in Cebu for over a year and we could not determine if it 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.)

During Sunday’s operation, Ligan said Arnaiz had long been in the illegal drug business as a “bodegero” or stockpile manager of illegal drugs, while his cohort, Caballero, would be his distributor of illegal drugs. .

He said the two drug suspects, who were on the police watch list of regional drug figures, could dispose of four kilograms of shabu in a week.

Ligan said Caballero would have distributors in the town and neighboring towns, who would order from him and supply each of them with 100 grams of the suspected shabu.

Ligan also said Arnaiz allegedly made a deal with an inmate inside Cebu City Jail for his supply of illegal drugs.

He did not disclose the detainee’s name because an investigation was underway into this matter.

The two drug suspects were held at the CCPO detention center pending charges.

READ: CCPO: Fewer drugs expected on Cebu City streets after P30M drug transport

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