COPS PROBE DRUG SOURCE OF STUDENT KILLED IN BUY-BUST
PALO, Leyte – The Philippine National Police regional drug enforcement unit (PNP-RDEU) is looking into the drug source of a 20-year-old college student who was killed in a buy-bust operation in Tacloban City.
Supt. Harry Sucayre, PNP-RDEU chief, said they are stepping up the investigation to find out the source of illegal drugs in Cebu City distributed by Von Fheinry Grandeza in Tacloban and neighboring towns.
Reports from the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) reveal that most supplies of illegal drugs in Eastern Visayas come from Cebu and shipped to the region through seaports.
“Based on initial investigation, he brings the drugs from Cebu and sells it in Tacloban. Right now, we are investigating where he specifically gets his supply in Cebu,” Sucayre told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Tuesday.
Sucayre said prior to the buy-bust operation last Feb. 8, surveillance was made on the suspect after police operatives arrested an illegal drug user, who disclosed that he got his drugs from Grandeza.
Grandeza was a student of Leyte Normal University and a son of a village chief in Tacloban.
“We are expecting that the family will file a case against us, so we reserve not to discuss what happened during the operation,” Sucayre said.
Police also nabbed eight other persons during the buy-bust operation on the night of February 8, including Jose Soledad, owner of the house that police operatives said was being used as drug den and two other high value targets -- Archie Claridad, 22; and Harold Bato, 22, a senior high school student.
Sucayre said six of the arrested persons are senior high school students, including a 17-year-old minor who was referred to the city social welfare and development office.
“The daughter of the house owner was also arrested. She was a minor but we immediately let her go because she has nothing to do with the illegal drug operation,” Sucayre said.
He added that Soledad’s house had been under surveillance for almost three months due to reports that it was being used as drug den.
In a statement, PNP Regional Director, Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos expressed dismay over Grandeza’s death in a buy-bust operation, noting it is an unfortunate event that a student lost his life due to illegal drugs.
“They should be studying well but unfortunately, fell to this so-called drug trade. I am hoping that we will not encounter another case like this again and I appeal to the parents to please be of guidance to your children for they are the future leaders of this country,” Carlos said. (PNA)