8 drug suspects nabbed, P190M shabu seized in Cebu stings

Debold M. Sinas

THE Police Regional Office 7  made their biggest drug haul  this year following two separate anti-narcotics operations in Cebu City yesterday morning which resulted in the arrest of eight suspects and the confiscation of 28 kilograms of shabu valued at P190.4 million.

PRO7 director Chief Superintendent Debold M. Sinas, in a report to Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said  they  also found out that the syndicate is getting their huge volume of drugs from a well-entrenched drug ring being run by convicted drug traffickers already serving time at the national penitentiary. One of the arrested suspects is also believed to be getting protection from a policeman-lover who has been detained and disarmed and subjected to a thorough investigation.

Sinas said  the first buy-bust  in Fatima Homes, Barangay Inayawan in Cebu City around 1:30 in the morning led in the arrest of Elymar Tampos Ancajas.

Ancajas yielded  at least 18 kilos of shabu worth P122.4 million.

During  questioning,  the suspect identified the source of the  drugs as one Jocelyn Encila, a resident of Green Valley Subdivision,  Bgy. Casili, Consolacion, Cebu.

Acting on the information, the Cebu City police headed by Senior Supt. Royina Marzan launched a follow-up sting with the help of the Consolacion municipal police  and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Another drug deal was made with Encila who turned out to have been confined at the Mendero Hospital in Consolacion due to dehydration triggered by  loose bowel movement. The official said  Encila instructed the undercover officer to get the drugs from her parents Marcial and Marilyn at their residence in Green Valley Subdivision.

After receiving the package from the Encila couple, the two were arrested. Officers also searched the suspects’ residence where they recovered a total of five plastic packets containing 10 kilograms of shabu  worth at least  P68 million.

Also recovered during the raid were various pieces of jewelry and suspected drug proceeds of the suspects as well as three motor vehicles consisting of a Toyota Fortuner, a Toyota Grandia van and a Toyota Grandia SR special edition van.

“The cash, jewelry items and motor vehicles were all believed to be all part of the drug proceeds of the Encilas,” Sinas said.

The Central Visayas police director said  the Encila couple and seven other persons found inside the raided house -- three of them children -- were brought to the Consolacion police station following the raid.

The three children will be turned over to the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office for safekeeping and proper disposition. The rest of the suspects will be subjected to further investigation prior to the filing of charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 against them.

Sinas said  the recovered  drugs  will be turned over to the Regional Crime Laboratory Office 7 for further examination.