Central Visayas cops gun down 1, nab 3, seize nearly P26M shabu

January 15, 2019
Debold M. Sinas

THREE separate anti-narcotics operations conducted by agents of the Police Regional Office 7 in Central Visayas  on Monday resulted in the killing of an armed drug trafficker and the arrest of three suspected big-time drug dealers and the confiscation of nearly P26 million worth of shabu, PRO7 director, Chief Superintendent Debold M. Sinas announced yesterday.

The slain suspect was identified as Russel Generalao, a resident of Barangay San Isidro in San Fernando, Cebu.

Sinas said that the suspect exchanged shot with undercover agents of the San Fernando Municipal Police Station led by Chief Inspector Lymel John Pasquin near his residence around 8 p.m. Monday and was killed in the process.

Recovered from the possession of the slain suspect were a chamber-loaded caliber .45 pistol with a magazine containing several live ammunition and seven plastic sachets containing around 10 grams of shabu worth P68,000.

The suspect was identified as a known supplier of shabu in San Fernando town particularly in Bgys. San Isidro and North Poblacion and is also said to be a hitman’ of the notorious Sabalones Drug Group who had killed a number of their local distributors for their failure to remit their drug proceeds.

Another suspect identified as Alfred Gabunia, a 35-year old resident of Barangay Ermita in Cebu City was arrested during a sting in Macopa Street in Bgy. Basak, San Nicolas, also in the same city at 7 p.m. Monday.

Recovered from the suspect’s possession were nine plastic packets containing some 3.6 kilograms of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ with a local market value of P25 million, a mobile phone he used in making contact with the poseur-buyer and the boodle money topped by a marked P500 bill.

Sinas said that members of the Drug Enforcement Units of the  Cebu City Police Stations 6 and 7 conducted the anti-narcotics operation under the supervision of Senior Supt. Royina Garma.

Initially recovered from the suspect were a large plastic packet with shabu which he sold to the undercover officer as well as the marked money he received from the poseur. The other pieces of evidence were found inside the suspect’s backpack.

The two other suspects identified as Neil Alcoran,31,  a resident of Bgy. Talay in Dumaguete City and Ernie Olasiman,38, of Bong-ao, Valencia, Negros Oriental were arrested after they conspired to sell an estimated 70 grams of shabu worth P476,000 to a poseur in Purok Makiangayon in Bgy. Talay at 11 p.m. Monday.

A team of officers from the PRO7 Regional Special Operations Group led by Chief Inspector Abell Laborte and the Dumaguete City Police Station headed by Senior Inspector Joel Tingson arrested the suspect.

Sinas said that the sting also led in the rescue of a minor identified only as ‘Lalai’ who was in the company of the suspect. All three suspects are now facing non-bailable charges for selling and possession of dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, the official said.