E-bike driver yields P7.1M worth of shabu

A MAN who was out on bail landed back in jail after he was arrested during a drug bust by members of the Sawang Calero Police Station in Sitio Mahayahay II, Barangay Pasil, Cebu City, on Monday night, Jan. 23, 2023.

The accused was identified as 21-year-old Vincent Rodriguez, alias JV, an e-bike driver who lives on Belgium Street in Barangay Suba in the same city.

Police seized more than a kilo of shabu with a standard drug price of P7,174,000 from him.

Rodriguez was already facing charges of illegal possession of firearms and possession of illegal drugs.

According to Lt. Col. Conrado Manatad, Cebu City Police Office deputy director for administration, the accused could dispose of two kilos of shabu every week.

He said the illegal drugs they seized from Rodriguez came from Teofilo Bacalso Rivera, alias Filo, who is currently detained in the Cebu City Jail after his arrest last November.

He said Rodriguez replaced Bacalso’s man Friday who was arrested last September. As a result, Rivera would contact Rodriguez if there was a drug transaction and it was Rodriguez’s job to dispose of the drugs in Barangay Pasil and other neighboring barangays.

Members of the Sawang Calero Police Station had placed Rodriguez under surveillance when they discovered that he had posted bail.

Last week, they received information that Rodriguez was back on the streets selling illegal drugs, which prompted them to conduct the buy-bust operation.

Manatad said they are still investigating the accused on where the supply of illegal drugs came from even though they have obtained the name of his contact person inside the Cebu City Jail.

Rodriguez, for his part, denied that he has been involved in the illegal drug trade for a long time, saying he has only been selling drugs for two weeks.

He told police that Rivera would call him on the phone and tell him who to give the drugs to. He said he would receive P10,000 for delivering the drugs.

Rodriguez will be charged with violating Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, for selling and possession of illegal drugs.

Manatad said they will conduct follow-up operations using the information they gleaned from the accused. (AYB / PJB)