AGENTS of the Police Regional Office 7 on Sunday seized an estimated P29 million worth of shabu from two teenagers considered as ‘high-value targets’ in Cebu City, PRO7 director, Brigadier General Albert Ignatius D. Ferro told the Journal Group yesterday.
In a report to Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the PRO7 director said the huge amount of shabu were seized from Jay Paul Arreglado, a 19-year-old resident of Sitio Middle Tabucanal in Barangay Poblacion, Pardo, Cebu City and his companion, an 18-year old male from L. Flores Street in Bgy. Pasil, also in the same city.
“We have arrested two very young HVTs who are included in the drug watch list of the regional police force and are conducting follow-up operations to identify and arrest their other cohorts including their main drug suppliers,” Ferro said.
According to the PRO7 director, the two were arrested after they conspired to sell the drugs to an undercover officer in Sitio Middle Tabucanal around 5:40 p.m. Sunday.
Ferro said that the arrest of the two came in the aftermath of an information provided by a number of drug offenders arrested in simultaneous anti-criminality operations.
Recovered from the two suspects were some 4,225 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ worth P28,730,000. Both suspects will be facing non-bailable charges for sale and possession of dangerous drugs under RA 9165.
The official said that last April 22-24, members of the Cebu City Mobile Force Company led by Lt.Colonel Randy Korret also conducted a minor combat patrol operations in the hinterland barangays of Cebu City resulting in the confiscation of 23 assorted loose firearms and n M-57 fragmentation grenade.
The weapons seized include one caliber.30 sniper rifle, two cal. .22 rifles, one cal. .22 sub-machine gun, nine cal. .38 revolvers, one cal. .22 revolver, one 12-gauge shotgun, two cal. .30 rifles, one cal. .45 pistol, four cal. 5.56 revolvers, one cal. 7.62 rifle, one KG-9 machine pistol and 54 assorted live ammunition.