Former OFW, neighbor nabbed with P21.9M shabu

A FORMER overseas Filipino worker (OFW) and his neighbor were nabbed in a drug bust in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City on Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

The drug bust, conducted by the City Drug Enforcement Unit, City Intelligence Branch and Cebu City Police Office, resulted in the confiscation of around P21.9 million worth of shabu.

Arrested were Christian “Chad” Amistad Peña, 32, and Burt Jason Faborada Turno, 36, both residents of Barangay Hipodromo, Cebu City.

The drug bust was conducted around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday on L. Tudtud Street, Barangay Mabolo after the suspects and the poseur buyer agreed to a transaction.

Seized from the suspects were two large Chinese tea bags containing shabu and three other packs of the illegal drug substance weighing 3,225 grams and worth P21,930,000.

Police Colonel Ireneo Dalogdog, chief of the Cebu City Police Office, said they have been monitoring Peña since the last two months.

They placed the suspect in a case build-up for a month and found out that he is really involved in the illegal drug trade, prompting the operation Tuesday.

Police said Peña acted as the “warehouseman” for the supply of illegal drugs, while Turno delivers the supply from a supplier, who is said to be a big-time drug player in the country.

“Si Burt Turno, siya yung courier, sya yung nag hatid ng drugs dito kay Christian Amistad Peña. Ito si Peña isang former OFW under surveillance sya for more than one month. He can dispose of three to five kilograms a month based doon sa information na nakuha duon sa isang confidential informant,” said Dalogdog.

(Burt Turno is the courier. He is the one who brought the drugs here to Christian Amistad Peña. This is Peña, a former OFW who has been under surveillance for more than one month. He can dispose three to five kilograms a month based on the information obtained there from a confidential informant.)

Dalogdog believes that the shabu supply that reached Peña was about five kilos, as the packs seized from him already lacked two kilos.

The suspects have been placed under investigation, as well as the source of the illegal drugs.

Dalogdog said the suspects might have thought that they will not be caught as the police are busy with the All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days celebration.

But he said not all police personnel were deployed to cemeteries and other vital installations, so they were able to continue the anti-criminality and anti-illegal drug campaigns.

“Kaya sila nag take advantage dahil iniisip nila na yung mga kapulisan natin ay na busy duon sa mga trabaho duon sa deployment sa Undas,” said Dalogdog.

(That's why they took advantage because they think that our policemen are busy with the deployment work in Undas.)

Police Brigadier General Roderick Augustus Alba, chief of the Police Regional Office-Central Visayas, commended the CCPO for the successful operation.

Alba personally inspected the site where Peña and Turno were arrested. He also thanked the public and barangay officials who have been helping the police in their anti-illegal drug campaign.

He assured the police will not stop until the illegal drug problem in Central Visayas is solved.

“Yun lang po, di po titigil ang inyong PNP, ang ating PDEA, ang ating DOJ and, of course, with the support of the barangay officials, tuloy-tuloy po ang kampanya to keep our street safe from these illegal drugs and other lawless elements,” said Alba.

(That's all, your PNP, our PDEA, our DOJ will not stop and, of course, with the support of the barangay officials, the campaign to keep our street safe from these illegal drugs and other lawless elements will continue.)

He added that they aim to clean the streets of Central Visayas of illegal drug peddlers, stressing that illegal drugs affect the youth. (AYB/LMY)