Ex-inmate nabbed; P7M illegal drugs seized

A FORMER inmate of Cebu City Jail was arrested anew in a buy-bust operation launched by Sawang Calero Police Station around 11 p.m. Tuesday, December 27, in Sitio Mahayahay, Barangay Calamba, Cebu City.

The arrested suspect was identified as Juhndel Abanid, alias Tiyo, 22, a resident of A. Lopez, Barangay Labangon, Cebu City.

Seized from him were 1,040 grams of substance believed to be shabu worth P7,072,000.

The buy-bust operation was led by Police Major Francis Renz Talosig, chief of Sawang Calero Police Station 6.

Police Colonel Ireneo Dalogdog, chief of the Cebu City Police Office, said they received information about Abanid’s involvement in the illegal drug trade, prompting them to do a case build-up and surveillance against the suspect.

The surveillance lasted for more than two weeks, as the anti-illegal drug operation was launched on Tuesday, December 27.

Dalogdog said that in February 2018, they also arrested Abanid for violation of Section 11, 5 of Republic Act 9165. Abanid was however released in November 2018.

“Ang gawin natin mag sagawa tayo ng tactical interrogation sa nahuli nating suspect para malaman natin kung sino pa ang mga kasamahan nya,” said Dalogdog.

(We will conduct a tactical interrogation on the suspect to identify who was with him in this business.)

Abanid admitted to selling illegal drugs, and the supply comes from someone inside the Cebu City Jail.

He said he does not know the source’s real name.

Abanid said his 18-year-old sibling gives him the supply, and he sells the drugs in exchange for a P10,000 tip.

“Gikan man na sa sulod sa City Jail. Wala ko kaila niya kay utol o tol ra man among tawag ana niya. Mo chat ra man na siya nako kung iya kung sugoon,” he said.

(The supply comes from inside Cebu City Jail. I don’t know the source’s name as we call each other “utol.” He sends me a message through chat if he needs me.)

He said the source asked him to sell illegal drugs around five times already.

Police Brigadier General Jerry Bearis, director of Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Visayas, commended the Cebu City Police Office for its accomplishment.

Bearis said they will deepen their investigation to identify the source of the illegal drugs.

“Ito naman ay tuloy-tuloy nating gagawin until such time na makuha natin ang pinaka puno nito kung saan sila naroon. We will be exerting our best effort to crack down. Alamin at hanapin kung sino ang source nito,” he said.

(We will continue to do the investigation until we identify the source’s location. We will be exerting our best effort to crack down; identify the source.)

He added that they have been coordinating with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to determine why drug personalities inside the jail were able to continue their illegal drug business.

Asked for comment, Jail Officer 3 Blanche Alino, information officer of BJMP-Central Visayas, said they will trace and identify the source identified by Abanid as an inmate of Cebu City Jail.

“Kinahanglan pa gyud ni nga i-track down kung kinsa ni sila and ang among intel sir kay mo work hand in hand man sad ni sila sa intelligence nato sa PNP (Philippine National Police) at the same time sa PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency),” said Alino.

(We need to track it down to identify who these people are. Our intelligence team will work hand in hand with the teams from PNP and PDEA.)

The BJMP, PDEA and police earlier launched a greyhound operation at the Cebu City Jail but seized no drugs.

Alino said Wednesday, though, that they confiscated a mobile phone charger, but found no cellphone. (AYB/LMY)