TWO big-time drug dealers and members of a notorious illegal drug network in Cebu were arrested in a joint police operation in a condominium in Mandaue City on Thursday night, Sept. 10, 2020.
Joint operatives of the Mandaue City Police Office and the Consolacion Police Station arrested Kris Yamas Orlanda, 34; and Elsie Caranzo Danlag, 26, inside the former’s condominium unit at Hernan Cortes Street in Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday.
But the suspects’ cohort, identified as Psyche Gonzales Hortelano, was able to flee from police after noticing their presence in the area. Hortelano, a resident of Danao City, was identified as the supplier of illegal drugs to Orlanda and Caranzo.
Recovered from the two were two packs containing 1. 5 kilos of suspected shabu with an estimated market value worth P6.8 million.
Police Maj. Verniño Noserale, Consolacion town police chief, told reporters that they have been monitoring the suspects’ operations for more than three months but they were never able to operate against them due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Noserales said the suspects, including Hortelano, were alleged members of a big-time drug group who sell illegal drugs by bulk and only to trusted customers.
“They are very organize. In fact, they don’t even sell illegal drugs by small packs. They only sell if the customer buys at least 200 grams,” Noserale said, in Cebuano.
Police were able to contact Orlanda through a poseur buyer while Danlag came to the picture after operatives told the former they were buying by the bulk.
Danlag, who reportedly handles large-scale drug transactions, was reportedly doing operations in Consolacion town, where she currently resides.
Orlanda also disclosed to police that she was previously arrested before for illegal drugs but was released after her case was dismissed.
Noserale said Orlanda started selling illegal drugs in 2015. At present, Orlanda can reportedly dispose at least six kilos of suspected shabu to her street pushers in a matter of days.
But she admitted to police that her business was greatly affected due to the strict quarantine checkpoints being implemented in various areas in Cebu.(AYB/JKV)