CEBU City policemen remained the top drug busters in Central Visayas region who confiscated nearly P83 million worth of shabu and other prohibited drugs in the city and jailed dozens of “high-value targets” in the area since the month started, Police Regional Office 7 director Brigadier General Debold M. Sinas told the Journal Group yesterday.
According to Sinas, the Cebu City Police Office headed by a female cop, Colonel Gemma Vinluan conducted more than 180 anti-narcotics operations since the start of August resulting in the seizure of nearly P72 million worth of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine,’ around P5 million worth of marijuana leaves and P10,000 worth of Nubain ampules.
Vinluan succeeded another outstanding PNP Academy graduate, Colonel Royina Garma who was appointed by President Duterte as general manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
In a report to Philippine National Police chief General Oscar D. Albayalde, the official said more than 15 known drug personalities were arrested as a result of those anti-narcotics efforts.
Late last week, a string of anti-narcotics operations in Cebu City resulted in the arrest of eight known “high-value targets” in the region and the confiscation of over P13 million worth of shabu, Sinas said.
The official said the members of the Cebu City Police Station 10 led by Major Henrix Bancoleta arrested the four after they conspired to sell the drugs to an undercover officer.
The operation planned by the Cebu City Police Office led to the recovery of one large heat-sealed plastic sachet with shabu which was sold by the suspects to the poseur, 53 plastic packets with the banned drugs and the P40,000 worth of boodle money topped by a marked P500 bill.
Another operation in Sitio Kabayaoan in Bgy. Inayawan, Cebu City also resulted in the arrest of another ‘HVT’ after he sold 80 grams of shabu worth P544,000.
The member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987 is leading the Central Visayas police force’s massive drive against criminality, drug trafficking, terrorism and corruption in the region since the start of the Duterte presidency.
PRO7 agents have made major drug accomplishments since the year started including the arrest of a partner of a detained suspected Cebu City drug lord who yielded around P8.5 million worth of shabu last January; and the neutralization of a notorious Ecstasy dealer in a Cebu shootout last July.