CEBU CITY, Philippines — Police in Lapu-Lapu City have noticed that women being used in illegal drug trafficking has slowly become a trend here.
Police Lt. Col. Jul Muhammad Jamiri, head of the City Intelligence Unit of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Bureau, made the observation based on drug operations they have been carrying out since January. .
“In general, Bastag mga dagko, daghan ang babaye. The baby is more aware of the palibot. The most secure items. The babaye pod gamay ra ang involved musuyop unya dali ra hadlukon among the drug lords,” Jamiri said.
(Typically, when there are heavy drug dealings, there are a lot of women involved. Women are more aware of their surroundings. (And) The safer the items. There are also fewer women using illegal drugs and drug lords can intimidate them easily.)
42 kilos of shabu seized
He also noticed that the age of the drug personalities they usually arrested were in their late 20s and 30s and most did not have jobs.
Since January 2022, Jamiri said they had carried out a series of drug-related operations, during which they confiscated 42 kilos of alleged shabu worth nearly 285.6 million pesos. Of these, 41 kilos came from their top six buy-bust trades.
Three of those arrested were men and the others were women.
Jamiri said these major operations stemmed from their intelligence surveillance which began with small operations.
From these small operations, they conducted deeper investigations into each drug personality they had arrested, which led them to high-value individuals.
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These confiscated illegal drugs were allegedly purchased in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. These six drug operations did not belong to the same drug group.
However, the two recent operations they have successfully conducted, the illegal drugs were from a drug group.
Lapu-Lapu police carried out their last illegal drug operation on October 14, where they confiscated 5 kilos of alleged shabu with a street value of 34 million pesos from a woman identified as Rosell Arda, 42, of the city of Consolacion.
“They were all unique to each other even though naay uban nga they belong to the same group… more about perseverance gyud para makuha nato sila, sila tanan. Idlas gyud,” Jamiri said.
(They were all unique to each other even though there are others that belong to the same group… It was more about perseverance so we could catch them all. They are very elusive.)
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Drug supply in town
Despite the kilos of “shabu” they had confiscated over the past few months, Jamiri said the supply of drugs in the city remained low.
“Diri sa Lapu-Lapu, medyo mahal ang baligya. This means there is no supply. Just that, of course, they are very vigilant at all times. They rarely stay in one place,” he added.
(Diri sa Lapu-Lapu, the price (of illegal drugs) is quite high. This means that the supply is less. Just that, these big transactions, they are very vigilant in the areas where they will go. They rarely stay in the same place .)
“Every time I try silag sud sa Lapu-Lapu, makuha dayun nato sila,” added Jamiri.
(Whenever they try to enter Lapu-Lapu, we can catch them.)
They also observed that these drug personalities normally rent rooms as they rarely stay in one area.
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