Dean’s lister trades studies for drugs, faces jail time

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WHEN he was still a student in one of Cebu’s universities, Vincent Gabucan Jr. of Barangay Kalunasan often scored high marks, which eventually led him to become part of the dean’s list in his school.

But after impregnating his partner while still in school just before the coronavirus disease pandemic struck, Gabucan, 22, decided to stop going to school in order to make a living for his young family Gabucan, however, made the mistake of resorting to selling illegal drugs just to make ends meet.

On Thursday, June 23, 2022, Gabucan was arrested by anti-illegal drug operatives of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) during a buy-bust in Barangay Capitol Site. Around 50 grams of suspected shabu worth P340,000 were recovered from Gabucan.

Lt. Col. Wilbert Parilla, CCPO’s deputy director for administration, said Gabucan had admitted to them that he had started selling drugs for at least three weeks as he couldn’t carry a steady income while working as a delivery driver.


Parilla added that a cousin of Gabucan who was also detained for illegal drugs allegedly influenced the former dean’s lister to get into the drug trade.

“Nainganyo siya sa iyang ig-agaw nga ana-a sa sulod sa prisohan nga same gihapon nga murag bodegero gihapon, siya’y modawat ug mo distribute unya ang iyang ig-agaw maoy moingon kon kinsa ang hatagan niini,” Parilla added.

(A cousin of Gabucan who was jailed for illegal drugs told him he could earn more if he worked as a drug distributor with the former dictating where he would distribute.)

Despite being a new player in the illegal drug trade, Gabucan reportedly could dispose of around two kilos of shabu on some days, Parilla added.

Gabucan is set to be charged for illegal drug selling. (BBT / JKV)

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