P193-M SHABU SEIZED IN METRO CEBU DRUG OPS
DRUG BUST. Operatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-7) and the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office's City Intelligence Branch prepare the inventory sheet for the evidence confiscated from three students in Barangay Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City on Sunday, March 3, 2019. (Photo courtesy of PDEA-7 Facebook page)
CEBU CITY — Nearly PHP193-million worth of illegal drugs were seized in three separate anti-drug operations in Metro Cebu on Sunday.
The first joint operation by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-7 (Central Visayas) and Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) in Fatima Homes, Barangay Inayawan, south district of Cebu City, and the second one conducted in Barangay Casili, Consolacion, led to the seizure of a total of 28 kilos of shabu valued at PHP190.4 million.
In the first operation in Fatima Homes, agents of PDEA-7 and elements of the CCPO confiscated at least 18 kilos of shabu from Elimar Ancajas, 24, who led the authorities to his source in Consolacion town.
The operatives proceeded to transact with a certain Jocelyn Encila, from whom another 10 kilos of shabu were seized.
According to the police, Encila was confined in a private hospital but managed to transact the sale of shabu to a poseur buyer from the CCPO through an exchange of text messages.
The police said Encila directed the poseur buyer to proceed to her house in Green Valley Subdivision in Barangay Casili, Consolacion, Cebu.
Outside Encila’s house, her parents, identified by the police as Marcial Encila, 60, and Marilyn Encila, 51, handed the shabu weighing 10 kilos to the policeman posing as buyer.
The police placed Jocelyn Encila, who is in her early 30s, under hospital arrest while her parents and Ancajas are now being held in the CCPO.
CCPO Director, Colonel Royima Garma, told the media here that Ancajas and Encila were members of the "Danilo Flores group."
He said the drugs contained garlic, believing it was the group's modus operandi to deceive K-9 operatives.
"Para makalusot seguro to... sa K-9 baka hindi mag-respond kasi mas malakas ang amoy ng bawang (They want it to pass through without being detected by the K-9 dogs because garlic has strong smell)," Garma said.
Meanwhile, the third operation conducted by PDEA-7 and the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office’s City Intelligence Branch (CIB) led to the arrest of John Peppard Añalucas Beltran, 21, Mhar Abarri, 21, and an unidentified 16-year-old.
PDEA-7 said in a statement posted on its Facebook page that the three suspects who were students of different schools in Cebu, were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City at around 5:50 p.m.
Confiscated from the three were five plastic packs of shabu weighing 350 grams and valued at some PHP2.38 million, and PHP3,000 cash.
The statement said the buy-bust operation was planned under the supervision of PDEA-7 Director Wardley Getalla and the Lapu-Lapu CIB Chief, Police Captain Genesis Aniversario.
Anjacas, the Encilas, and the three students are now facing cases of violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. (PNA)