Big-time Cavite drug ring smashed

A BIG-TIME drug trafficking ring operating in Cavite and Metro Manila was smashed by the local police following an anti-narcotics operation in General Trias City last Wednesday, Police Regional Office 4-A director, Brigadier General Vicente D. Danao Jr. reported yesterday as he ordered continuing follow-up operations to identify and arrest other members of the syndicate.

Danao said that three members of the drug trafficking ring identified as Jamal Cadayon,31; Mary Joy Sapatua,24, both residents of Barangay Manggahan in General Trias City and Esteban Acerden,39, a 39-year old taxi driver from Bgy. Buenavista 3, also in the same city are now facing non-bailable charges for sale and possession of dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. 

The three were arrested by members of the General Trias City Police Station Drug Enforcement Team after they conspire to sell drugs to an undercover officer. Recovered from the suspect were around 200 grams of suspected shabu worth P1.3 million, said Cavite Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Marlon R. Santos.

“The suspects are all considered high-value targets who are now undergoing thorough investigation. We’re also conducting follow-up operations to identify and arrest their other accomplices,” said the official.

Danao commended the Cavite police for hauling to jail 53 various law offenders including the three ‘HVTs’ and over 1,300 violators of the General Community Quarantine in the province  this week.

Twenty of the suspects arrested were involved in illegal drug trafficking in the province. 

Apart from the three suspects arrested in General Trias City, the other drug personalities were caught in, Trece Martirez, Cavite, Imus, Bacoor and Dasmariñas cities and in Naic, Tanza, Carmona and Alfonso municipalities. 

Seized from the 17 suspects were around 38 grams of shabu worth nearly P320,000 and the marked money they received from undercover officers. 

All arrested drug offenders are now facing non-bailable charges for sale and possession of dangerous drugs under RA 9165, said Danao as he congratulated the Cavite police for their spate of accomplishments. 

Santos said that the other suspects were arrested on charges of robbery, direct assault, homicide, robbery with homicide, illegal gambling, unjust vexation , theft and violence against women and their children in Dasmariñas, Bacoor and Cavite cities and in Amadeo and Silang towns. 

Another suspect was arrested after he was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm while about to be accosted in Dasmariñas City. 

The official said that a Kawit City policeman was also held under custody and is facing charges for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide after the marked police vehicle he was driving accidentally figured in a road accident that killed  young woman. 

Santos said that from Wednesday to yesterday, a total of 1,302 violators of the GCQ in the province were apprehended either for disregarding the curfew hours, liquor ban and social distancing and for not wearing face masks. The rest were accosted for violation of Republic Act 11332 or the Law on Reporting of Communicable Diseases and for their failure to present their quarantine passes when accosted by authorities.