A SERIES of successful anti-narcotics operations in Central Visayas conducted by agents of the Police Regional Office 7 have exposed anew the presence of convicted drug lords still controlling drug syndicates outside the New Bilibid Prisons and other jail facilities in the country where they are already serving their term, officials said yesterday.
Former Philippine National Police chief-turned senatorial candidate Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa confirmed that drug lords inside the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa City remain under control of syndicates outside the correctional facility.
De la Rosa, also a former Bureau of Corrections director, however denied that huge volume of shabu are being brought in and out of the prison. What is happening is that the convicted drug lords are being able to control their illicit drug business using different modes of communication which is either thru the use of smuggled mobile phones or thru jail visitors.
PRO7 director, Chief Superintendent Debold M. Sinas, said they have discovered that some drug convicts at the NBP including one Rustico Igot, a known drug group member who happens to be a former live-in partner of Jocelyn Encila, a top drug distributor in Cebu City, were the ones facilitating the smuggling of shabu from Metro Manila to Cebu. Igot reportedly gave the go-signal to distribute the drugs only very recently.
He also mentioned the arrest of 28-year old Faisa Jarantilla Dhahi, a jobless resident of Carcar City, Cebu and the neutralization of Leonides Barceloña alias ‘Dako’ during an anti-narcotics raid last February 23 which led in the confiscation of 500 grams of shabu worth P3.5 million and five motor vehicles including two SUVs.
During investigation, the PRO7 discovered that Dhahi is a long-time live-in partner of suspected drug lord Jay Camotes who is being held at the Cebu City Jail. The woman confessed that Camotes is financing drug personalities in the same jail where he also operates a mini-casino.
Sinas said they found out that some of the vehicles recovered during the Carcar City raid were pawned by drug inmates to Camotes. An investigation into the woman’s revelations is still ongoing.
The Central Visayas police director said that based on revelations of many arrested drug dealers in the region, they are getting their stuff from jailed drug lords. Some of the suspects are so-called ‘big fishes’ who yielded multi-kilos of shabu when apprehended.
Since the month started, PRO7 agents have already confiscated more than P240 million worth of suspected shabu.
Last March 3, the PRO7 made their biggest drug haul this year following two separate anti-narcotics operations in Cebu City which resulted in the arrest of eight suspects and the confiscation of 28 kilograms of shabu valued at P190.4 million.
Sinas said they have also uncovered 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 operation in Fatima Homes, Bgy. Inayawan in Cebu City led in the arrest of Elymar Tampos Ancajas.
He said Ancajas was placed under arrest shortly after he sold drugs to an undercover officer of the Cebu City Police Station 7. Recovered from the suspect’s possession were around 18 kilos of shabu worth P122.4 million and the boodle money topped by marked P1,000 bills which was paid to him by a poseur.
The suspect’s vehicle which he used to transport the drugs was also impounded by the operatives led by Chief Inspector Regino Maramag.