4 persons, including couple, nabbed in separate drug busts in 2 cities

OPERATIVES of the Regional Police Drug Enforcement Unit (RPDEU) 7 seized several party drugs during a raid on Arca St. in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City in the early hours of Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022

They also arrested Michael Toquero Chio, a 31-year-old resident of Tupaz St., Casals Village in the same barangay.

Chio was allegedly in possession of two packs of cocaine worth P10,600 and 20 Ecstasy pills worth P34,000, based on the standard drug price.

The operation, which took place at 1:30 a.m., was led by Capt. Jeoffre Grande, RPDEU 7 team leader.

In another anti-illegal drug operation, the Talisay City Drug Enforcement Unit (TCDEU), led by its team leader Lt. Elwood Ebona, arrested a couple in Sitio Mananga, Barangay Tabunok at 12:54 a.m.

They identified them as Arnold Lastimosa Tiu, 57, and his wife Dolores Blanca, 58, both residents of Barangay Cogon Pardo, Cebu City.

The suspects, who allegedly yielded P340,000 worth of illegal drugs, had been arrested for the same offense in 2005.

At 1:43 a.m., the TCDEU arrested Josephine Manreal Baldesamo, 50, in Sitio Neighborhood, Barangay Tabunok with P120,000 worth of illegal drugs.

The suspect, who resides in Barangay Pardo, Cebu City, is reportedly married to Bibencio Baldesamo, alias Junjun.

According to records of the Talisay City police, Bibencio is a known drug personality in Cebu City. (BBT / PJB)