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Cebu News

5 caught sniffing shabu, arrested

Ria Mae Y. Booc - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines - Five men were arrested after they were seized with some P60,000 worth of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia in an anti-drug operation in Barangay Catarman, Cordova Saturday.

Cordova Police led by Senior Inspector Alexander Nuñez were armed with a search warrant issued by Judge Teresita Galanida of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 56 in Mandaue City when they raided a house in sitio Catarman 1 at 8:30 p.m.

Authorities failed to arrest the subject of the operation, Elizar Baguio, who reportedly left his house a few minutes prior to the arrival of the police. 

 Those arrested were identified as Randy Pacaldo, 35; Ruben Sumalinog, 23; Christopher Rosani, 26, all from Barangay Catarman; and Roger Tantay, 42, and Moron Calubong, 25, both from Lapu-lapu City.

The five men were arrested after they were reportedly caught in the act of sniffing shabu inside Baguio’s house.

Recovered during the operation were a medium-sized pack and 20 small packs of suspected shabu, two pieces medical forceps, a surgical scissor, disposable lighters, tooters, 32 pieces of rolled tin foils, a cellular phone, kerosene lamps, and a notebook with list of remittances.

The illegal drugs are now in the custody of the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory-7 for chemical analysis.

According to the police, Baguio is a street-level drug pusher and his scope of distribution is only in Barangay Catarman with a customer also from Lapu-Lapu City.

Baguio’s house also reportedly serves as a drug den.

The arrested suspects will be charged for violating Section 12 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The continuous anti-drug operations of the Cebu Provincial Police Office since two weeks ago have already yielded P4.9 million worth of illegal drugs, 24 firearms, cash, and drug paraphernalia.   (FREEMAN)

 

BARANGAY CATARMAN

CEBU PROVINCIAL POLICE OFFICE

CHRISTOPHER ROSANI

CORDOVA POLICE

CORDOVA SATURDAY

DRUGS ACT

ELIZAR BAGUIO

JUDGE TERESITA GALANIDA OF THE REGIONAL TRIAL COURT

LAPU-LAPU CITY

MANDAUE CITY

MORON CALUBONG

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